I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published June 4th 2012
You can find this Galapagos Tortoise at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, north of Sydney. The enclosure is immediately to your right once you have entered the picnic area from the direction of the park entrance. It is also beside the Tasmanian Devils (the Park doesn't only host reptiles).
Galapagos Tortoises are unique to the Galapagos Island archipelago, which is found around 900 kilometres west of Ecuador off the South American coast. There are around 14 different subspecies on the islands here. The largest types can reach a shell-length of over one metre and weigh up to 180 kilograms. All live on a diet of green vegetables.
What I noticed about the Galapagos Tortoise is how slowly it moves. As you can see in the picture, this tortoise has its eyes firmly set on those of use who were taking its picture, but it certainly took him a long time to get to us. Time enough for a great picture though!