1473db7e2520893dd43374308d30ec4d.jpg (JPEG Image, 880 × 838 pixels) - Scaled (89%)

1473db7e2520893dd43374308d30ec4d.jpg (JPEG Image, 880 × 838 pixels) - Scaled (89%)

The largest land turtle that ever existed was Testudo atlas (“Atlas tortoise”), also known as Colossochelys (“colossal turtle”). 8 feet long and 6 feet high, it probably weighed around 4 tons. Looking much like a modern Galápagos tortoise, this giant chelonian herbivore lived in the Pleistocene period—Like its modern relatives, T. atlas could probably retract its legs and head into its shell when threatened

The largest land turtle that ever existed was Testudo atlas (“Atlas tortoise”), also known as Colossochelys (“colossal turtle”). 8 feet long and 6 feet high, it probably weighed around 4 tons. Looking much like a modern Galápagos tortoise, this giant chelonian herbivore lived in the Pleistocene period—Like its modern relatives, T. atlas could probably retract its legs and head into its shell when threatened

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