What is the world's largest tortoise?


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The Galapagos tortoise is the largest tortoise in the world, typically reaching lengths of 5 feet and weights in excess of 550 pounds. The largest individual tortoise is a male Galapagos tortoise, weighing 882 pounds in 1996 and raised at the Life Fellowship Bird Sanctuary in Florida.

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The 882-pound tortoise is from Isla Santa Cruz but was raised in captviity. The largest free-roaming tortoise is a member of the Aldabra species residing on Bird Island in the Seychelles. It weighs over 670 pounds.

Tortoises on islands are typically much larger than their mainland counterparts. The largest mainland tortoise is the African spurred tortoise, which only weighs about 200 pounds.

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