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FC: "By Ethan Harvey 7C | The Galapagos Tortoise
1: Quick Facts: 1. The Galapagos tortoises are native to the Galapages islands off the west coast of Ecuador. 2. Galapages Tortoises migrate to the coast every year to lay their eggs.
2: We are | The Galapagos Tortoises habitat is the Galapagos islands which is an archipelago west of Ecuador. The Archipelago consists of 1 main island and 11 smaller ones. | Behavour
3: The Galapagos Tortoises wake up in the morning and head down to the lowlands or grasslands and bask in the sun for 2-3 hours. Then by this time it is starting to get too hot for sun baking so they head off to the mud pools to stay cool far the hot part of the day. In the late afternoon it is cool enought to emerge from the mud and head off for dinner. After a feed they head back to their nest and sleep the night through. When ther wake they repeat the process.
4: Mating | Did you know that after mating the female travels to the coast and digs a nest to lay her eggs in?
5: Mating season for the Tortoises is between January and Agust. During this time the males stalk around looking for a female to mate with. When he encounters a female there is usually another male there so the two of them rise to the tips of their feet and extend their neck whoever is bigger gains the female. When he finds a female he will ram the front of his shell into her and then nip at her legs until she retracts them. Now she is imobileised, the mating will now begin. | Quick Fact: Galapagos Tortoises will mate for their entire life.(up to 200 years!)
6: There are 2 main shell types of Galapagos tortoises. The first is the saddle back that feeds on cacti and so the front of their shell is curved to allow them to extend their head up to rip off the cacti pads. The other type is the dome shell are generally smaller tortoises and scan the ground for vegetation to feed on.
7: Dome Back. | The Differnt shell trpes of Galapagos Tortoises.