Tortoise is the name given generally to all the land species of the subclass Chelonia of the reptiles; the acquatic species being known as terrapins and turtles. The skeleton is partly external and forms a bony box or shell for the tortoise's protection.

Tortoises feed mainly on plants and hibernate in the ground during the winter, but in the hotter places they may be found all the year round. Tortoises are renowned for their longevity, and is known to have lived for over a 100 years in the Galapagos Islands. Their sizes ranged between 4 feet to 6 feet.

The second photograph shows my sister standing just beside the tortoise when she was in Galapagos Islands last year.
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