Galapagos Tortoise on Santa Cruz Island 20200305 072641

Galapagos Tortoise on Santa Cruz Island

In Images by Matt Shetzer

Galapagos Tortoise on Santa Cruz Island

Close-up on a venerable Galápagos tortoise. This one’s ability to raise its head high is more than just a good photo pose — it also gives us a clue about its habitat.

Tortoises who live on greener islands with lots of shallow water have broader shell brims that keep their heads closer to the ground. This tortoise, who can lift its head to browse for a wider range of leaves, likely lives on a drier part of Santa Cruz island.

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Galapagos Tortoise on Santa Cruz Island was last modified: June 2nd, 2020 by Matt Shetzer