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250 year old tortoise

Discussion in 'Herp Awareness' started by Merlin, Mar 25, 2006.

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  1. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

  2. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    I too saw that on CNN. That one sure did last a looooooong time.
  3. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Thats so awesome, how long they can live, its sad to hear that he passed tho
  4. venus

    venus Founding Member

    I seen it to,,,but thanks for posting Merlin :)...yep agree, it was sad.
  5. Manhirwen

    Manhirwen Elite Member

    It is amazing how long they can live.
  6. Colleen

    Colleen Elite Member

    I've always been intereasted in the tortoises, I enjoyed seeing them in the summer in the outdoor enclosers at Detroit Zoo. I had considered rescuing one but decided it was too long of a commitment. I would have to will it to my grandchildren.
  7. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    wow thats really amazing. i had no idea they could live so long.
  8. Natalie

    Natalie Member

    That's too bad that he died. :(

    I heard that some zoo has a tortoise that was originally collected by Darwin himself in the 1830s, and that the animal is still live and well. It truly is amazing. A zoo I've been to a few times in Louisiana has a tortoise that came into their possession a few years before the Civil War.

    I know that tuataras (the last surviving Sphenodonts) can live to be over 100... Do you think that if one was kept in captivity like tortoises are that it would be possible for one of those guys to be 250 years old?
  9. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Simply amazing....It is too bad that the tort passed on, but i'm sure it lived a long full life. Imagine the things one could experience if they lived to be 250!
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