|Galapagos Tortoise and my Dad|
The Australian Reptile Park web page has some good information which you can read here.
The Galapagos Tortoise can weigh up to 180 kg, with a shell that can be over a metre in length. They come from the Galapagos Islands (funny that, hey?) and each island has its own subspecies. They eat any green vegetable.
|Galapagos Tortoise Toenails|
Oh, now the Taronga Zoo website has much better mating details. I'll copy it here:
"Courting has been said to begin with the male ramming the female with the front of his shell and nipping her exposed legs until she draws them in, immobilizing herself. However our keepers have also observed that copulation can occur by the female elevating the back end of her shell and stretching her cloaca open and positioned towards him. Our female tortoise has even been observed to help the male with his aim, guiding him with her back feet."
That's a little more romantic than the earlier info about the female being squashed beneath his weight!!
They are slow moving animals, with a speed of 0.25 km/hr...but we saw them moving in for feeding and there was a bit of speed on then!
|Galapagos Tortoise Breeding|