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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Nice to see such giant Tortoise from Galapagos.It's rare to see such species here in TN.Nice POV with attractive pose and details.Beautiful colour.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Great shot of this big turtle
good details and lovly colours
thanks greeting lou
Ciao Manye, great capture of fantastic turtle, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2014-02-24 14:59]
Directly from Prehistory ... shocking catch Manyee.
I notice that you have confused the descriptive note and have placed the Red-Footed Booby ...
I hope this beautiful note turtle!
- [2014-02-24 15:47]
Hi Manyee,maybe the most easy animal to take talking about the timing..eeehe..but i like a lot your capture,an original point of view to create this nice imposing perspective,great details and colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano