There are several different kinds of tortoises, but the commonly recognized giant Galapagos tortoise is native to the Galapagos islands. The Galapagos Islands are located off the coast of South America in the Pacific Ocean.
Galapagos tortoises are characterized by their large size and long lifespans. The average Galapagos tortoise reaches 4 feet in size, weighs 475 pounds and can live upwards of 100 years. As of 2014, Galapagos tortoises are an endangered species.
The United States is home to the much smaller desert tortoise. This species only grows to 9 to 15 inches in length, weighs between 8 and 15 pounds and lives 50 to 80 years.Learn More
Snakes shed their skin at varying intervals, although young snakes shed their skin approximately every few weeks, while older snakes shed less frequently, perhaps only a few times each year. The variation in the frequency at which snakes shed their skin depends on certain factors, including the snake's growth rate and whether it needs to get rid of any parasites or heal injuries.Full Answer >
Crocodiles are eaten by large cats, such as jaguars, leopards and lions. Anacondas and large lizard species also consume crocodiles. Hatchlings and young crocodiles are frequently eaten by large birds, such as heron.Full Answer >
There are crocodiles found in Florida, but only in the southern part. However, the American crocodile species, the biggest of all crocodile species, is endangered and has a small population in Florida relative to its numbers in Central America, the upper part of South America and the Caribbean.Full Answer >
Female crocodiles lay approximately 35 to 50 eggs, with some laying up to 90 eggs at a time, around late June or early July after they have finished building a nest made from vegetation to support and house the eggs. The nests can measure anywhere from 7 to 10 feet in diameter with a height of approximately 2 to 3 feet. The eggs are then incubated in the nest for approximately 90 days with vegetation covering them to protection them and to maintain a certain temperature and environmental conditions.Full Answer >