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The Galapagos Tortoise can measure up to six feet from head to foot and weigh as much as 600 pounds. Female Galapagos Tortoises are generally a little bit smaller than their male counterparts, but they are no less impressive. This land giant moves at a speed of only 0.16 miles per hour, not surprising considering the "luggage" they are carrying around. Though the average lifespan of the Galapagos Tortoise is around 100 years, the oldest Giant Galapagos Tortoise on record was 152 years old. Some older individuals that have reached 200 years have also been reported, but this has not been verified. The longevity of this species is not surprising since it takes 40 to 50 years for the Tortoise to even reach adulthood!

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