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Scientific Name: 
Geochelone gigantea
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Reptilia
Order: 
Testudines
Family: 
Testudinidae
Genus: 
Geochelone
Species: 
gigantea

Aldabra Giant Tortoises are one of the world's largest tortoises. They may live to over 150 years and weigh up to 250kg. They evolved their giant size on small islands in the Indian Ocean.

Although protected today, these land tortoises were hunted in large numbers for their meat and oil by early seafarers in the 17th to 19th centuries.

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