Galapagos Giant Tortoises
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|GALAPAGOS GIANT TORTOISES|
The enormous Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) was once so numerous that Spanish explorers of the region named the Galapagos archipelago after its extraordinary inhabitant; 'galapagos' means 'tortoise' in Spanish.
This giant reptile is the largest living tortoise, with relatively heavy limbs, a long neck and a heavy carapace that can reach lengths of up to 150 centimetres. The different subspecies of the Galapagos giant tortoise illustrate the principal of Ďadaptive radiationí, where populations isolated on islands or on parts of larger islands within the Galapagos chain have adapted to different conditions, and now have distinct appearances. The subspecies can be generally separated into those with 'domed' shells, which occur on the larger, wetter islands, and smaller tortoises with 'saddleback' carapaces that are found on smaller islands with dry vegetation.
It is thought that the distinctive saddleback shell of some populations of the Galapagos giant tortoise enables its bearer to reach taller vegetation, with these tortoises also having longer limbs and necks.
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- [2013-12-22 14:08]
Hi Manyee,great capture of these giants turtles that i seen me too in Zanzibar island,great face to face and the quality of details and colors,a rare specie not often seen on TN.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
- [2013-12-22 18:13]
A great shot of these two Giant Tortoise, I can only imagine how old they must be. Your lens has captured them perfectly in an attractive low POV while showing excellent detail and beautiful natural colors. Great shot!!
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Well captured of this giant tortoise. good lighting and in the natural environment.
Hi Manyee, Happy faces of these Galapagos Giant Tortoises. Awesome POV and composition. I like the original look and the natural colours you delivered in this image. Nice specie contribution to TN
as I have not seem many of this in the site. Thank for sharing and Merry Christmas