- Size: Females grow a shell up to 3 feet in length and can weigh up to 350 pounds. Males can grow a shell up to 4 feet in length and weigh up to 550 pounds.
- Life Span: Over 100 years.
- Color: Dark gray to black on their skin and shell.
- Continent: The islands of Aldabra in the Indian Ocean.
- Range: Restricted to the Aldabra Atoll (a small chain of coral islands)
The Aldabra tortoise is one of the largest tortoises, second only to the Galapagos tortoise. In their quest for nutritious vegetation, these large grazers knock over plants, shrubs, and even small trees, clearing pathways for other animals to use.