Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabrachelys gigantea

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Aldraba tortoises are the second-largest tortoise species, and the only remaining survivor of a group of giant tortoises once found on Madagascar and the Seychelles Islands.

These tortoises mate between February and May and begin nesting in June up to September. The female will dig a nest up to 10-inches deep when soil conditions are deep. She will lay a clutch of between 4 and 14 eggs. The quantity of eggs highly depends on how many other female tortoises live in the area—high density areas result in the laying of less eggs. The eggs will hatch between 3 to 6 months after they are laid and the hatchlings will only be about 3 inches long.


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