ANIMAL FACTS - Tortoises and Turtles
Of the four species of giant tortoise that once existed on the islands around Aldabra, only the Aldabran tortoise survived beyond the beginning of the 19th century.
Turtles and Tortoises are common name for reptiles that make up the order Chelonia, (also known as Testudines), recognized by a hard shell that encloses the internal organs of the body. Turtles are ancient life forms. The earliest fossils recognized as turtles date from the Triassic period, about 200 million years ago; thus, turtles were in existence prior to the emergence of the great dinosaur groups. Unlike dinosaurs, however, turtles have continued to adapt and flourish.
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