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GALAPAGOS TORTOISE
Artist: Jemma Pearson
Medium: bronze
Height: 17 cm
Base: 14 x 9 cm
Patina: Traditional Brown
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Galápagos Tortoise

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The Galápagos tortoise or Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) is the largest living species of tortoise and 10th-heaviest living reptile, reaching weights of over 400 kg (880 lb) and lengths of over 1.8 meters (5.9 ft). With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, a captive individual lived at least 170 years. Charles Darwin visited the Galápagos for five weeks in 1835 and saw Galápagos tortoises on San Cristobal (Chatham) and Santiago (James) Islands. They appeared several times in his journals,

The inhabitants, as I have said, state that they can distinguish the tortoises from the different islands; and that they differ not only in size, but in other characters … from Charles and from the nearest island to it, namely, Hood Island, as having their shells in front thick and turned up like a Spanish saddle, while the tortoises from James Island are rounder, blacker, and have a better taste when cooked.

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