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The Giant Tortoise can be up to 1.1m long and can reach an age of over 100 years. The animal's carapace resembles a black, horny shield, although the lichens that sometimes live on the shell can give it a mottled appearance. In some subspecies, the front part of the carapace is bent upward and shaped like a saddle, enabling the animal to raise its head on long necks to graze on higher parts of plants. The tortoise's elephantine feet have short toes and lack all traces of webbing. Males are typically larger than females.

Range mass: 150 to 200 kg.

Other Physical Features: ectothermic ; bilateral symmetry


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