Galápagos Tortoises

Last updated: June 29, 2001

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Galápagos Tortoises

Chew Chomp There are a bunch of different species of tortoises found on the Galápagos islands, and here is a variety of them. Notice, for example, that the shell (carapace) shape is completely different for the two tortoises in the lower row. The one on the right has a saddle-like shape (and in fact, the word "Galápagos" in old Spanish refers to a kind of saddle for a horse).

All these photos were taken on Santa Cruz island, and except for the one on the lower left, all were taken at the Charles Darwin research center where there's a captive breeding program. The other we found walking down the road.

retract Saddle