By Josie  May 2nd, 2023

Why the Giant Turtle Is the

Longest Living

Species of Turtle

Turtles are known for their impressive lifespans.

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This one species of turtle has an especially long lifespan.

The Giant Tortoise is the species of turtle that has the absolute longest lifespan.

Physical Characteristics

These turtles typically reach an average weight of 500 pounds and can grow up to 5 feet long.

They have a distinctive heavy body, thick legs, and a dome-shaped shell.

This impressive species of turtle is native to the Galapagos Islands.

Typically they prefer lowland areas that are dry, although some inhabit the misty highlands of Santa Cruz.


These turtles are herbivorous, consuming vegetation, such as grasses, cacti, and other plants.


They can consume significant amounts of water and survive for several months without it.

The giant tortoise has a slow reproduction rate, females only lay a few eggs per year.


Incubation of eggs at a temperature of 81°F or lower, the tortoises that eventually hatch will be male.

Life Expectancy

The giant tortoise has an incredibly long lifespan, with some individuals estimated to live over 200 years.

One key factor why they are the longest living species of turtle is their incredibly slow metabolism!

The fact that they aren't picky eaters also means that they can easily find food.

Hibernation Abilities

Tortoises can go into a state of hibernation for months or even years.

Their metabolism slows down during hibernation, reducing the need for food and water.

The oldest known tortoise is believed to be the giant tortoise named Adwaita.

The Oldest Recorded Tortoise

It is believed that he lived for over 250 years before his death in 2006.

- Reduce your carbon footprint by consuming eco-friendly products and using public transportation.

How To Protect the Species

- Support conservation organizations that protect tortoise habitats.

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