Turtle Facts

  • Turtles have webbed feet and a streamlined body. They are adapted for aquatic life.
  • Turtles have been alive for more than 200 million years. Group of turtles are called a Bale.
  • Turtles can pull their head into their shell.
  • Most of the turtles are omnivores. They eat mollusks, plants, small fish and insects.
  • All turtle lay eggs. They dig a nest in the sand, lay eggs and walk away.

Abingdon Island Tortoise

Abingdon Island Tortoise

The last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise is the Lonesome George, a subspecies of Geochelone nigra abingdoni. It is one among the eleven subspecies of the Galapagos tortoise native to the Galapagos Islands. Internationally and in Galapagos, it is treated as a symbol for conservation effects and is a rare creature of the world. It has been thought that it was named after the character played by an American actor George Gobel.

An American snail biologist Joseph Vagvolgyi discovered George in the island of Pinta on December 1971.

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