Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

From Santa Cruz.

This Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) shows off the grid-like pattern of his shell.  This is a fairly small tortoise; they frequently get to be 400-600 lbs with a carapace length of around 3-5 ft. We saw many others of varying sizes on Santa Cruz, both in the wild like this one and also at the Charles Darwin Research Station, where certain subspecies are part of a captive breeding program.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

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