Galápagos giant tortoises were studied by Charles Darwin when he made his famous visit to the Galápagos in 1835. He discovered that the shape of the shells varied from island to island and population to population, as each subspecies of Galápagos giant tortoise adapted to a particular environment and habitat.
Scientific name: Geochelone nigra
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Galápagos giant tortoise can be found in a number of locations including: Galápagos. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Galápagos giant tortoise distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 1996
Classified by: IUCN 2.3
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