Talk:Geochelone

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The entry for the Galapagos tortoise says the maximum size for G. nigra is 4 feet, or only two-thirds the maximum quoted on this page. Six feet seems unrealistically large, even for a rare and untypical specimen.

Meaning in Latin[edit]

I don't know how to cite this, but Geochelone roughly translates into "world" or "land" "turtle".


Geo, meaning "world, earth, or land" (geography, geoshpere, geology)

Chelone, meaning "turtle or tortiose" (Chelonian AKA Testudines AKA tortoises)


This is probably Original Research, but could the term "geochelone" reference to how their shells are shaped like globes or spheres, or does it simply mean "land turtle"?



--74.184.188.59 (talk) 21:29, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Distinguishing between species[edit]

It might be helpful to have some resources for distinguishing between species of Geochelone. I'm not sure if this page is of a sufficient standard, but it has proven quite useful.

http://startortoises.net/indian-vs-burmese.html http://startortoises.net/pattern-development.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.45.150.102 (talk) 16:48, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

More Photos?[edit]

It might also be good to have more photos of these species showing different views including the carapace. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.45.150.102 (talk) 16:49, 23 February 2013 (UTC)