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Aldabrachelys gigantea

Aldabra Tortoise

Scientific Name: Aldabrachelys gigantea

Best substrate for Aldabra tortoise Aldabrachelys gigantea ReptiChip

What Makes ReptiChip The Best Aldabra Tortoise Bedding


Aldabra Tortoises, known scientifically as Aldabrachelys gigantea, are among the largest tortoises in the world, native to the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. These ancient reptiles are remarkable for their impressive longevity, with many living over a century, and some individuals are even reported to have lived for more than 200 years. Characterized by their domed, dark gray to black shells and sturdy, elephantine legs, Aldabra Tortoises have evolved to thrive in a variety of environments, from mangrove swamps to coastal dunes. Their size can be awe-inspiring, with adults often weighing over 550 pounds and measuring up to four feet in length. Their massive body helps regulate their internal temperature and enables them to go for weeks without food or water, an adaptation vital for survival in their sometimes harsh natural habitat.

Aldabra Tortoises play a crucial role in their ecosystems as ecosystem engineers. By grazing extensively on vegetation, they help maintain open grasslands and spread seeds, facilitating plant growth and diversity. Interestingly, these tortoises are known to have a mutualistic relationship with some bird species, such as the Aldabra Drongo, which feed on parasites found on the tortoises’ skin and in their wounds. In terms of reproduction, female Aldabra Tortoises lay between 9 to 25 eggs in a dry, sunny location, which they then leave to incubate naturally in the warmth of the sun. The young are precocial and fend for themselves immediately after hatching, facing a world full of challenges with little parental intervention. Despite their current protected status, Aldabra Tortoises have faced threats from habitat loss and historical exploitation for meat and oil, underscoring the importance of ongoing conservation efforts to preserve these majestic creatures for future generations.

Why ReptiChip?


ReptiChip is made by aldabra tortoise lovers, for aldabra tortoise lovers. It’s what the pros use, and it’s what you can use, too.

Our product line includes BabiChip, RediChip, ReptiChunk, MicroChip, and more, so you can be sure to find the perfect aldabra tortoise bedding for your pet.

Ready to switch to the ultimate aldabra tortoise bedding? Check out ReptiChip today.

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Common Aldabra Tortoise Reptichip Questions

ReptiChip provides an ideal environment for your aldabra tortoise by balancing cleanliness, comfort, and humidity. It's excellent for moisture retention, which is crucial for the well-being of many reptiles and amphibians. The substrate is also low in sodium and potassium, reducing the risk of mineral buildup that could harm your aldabra tortoise.

Absolutely! While ReptiChip offers premium quality, it's priced affordably to be consumer-friendly. The substrate's durability and ease of maintenance also mean that you'll need to replace it less frequently, making it a cost-effective long-term choice for your aldabra tortoise.

ReptiChip is known for its low tannin content, which means it won't stain your enclosure or your aldabra tortoise. It's also excellent at odor absorption, keeping your living space fresh. This makes it one of the easiest substrates to maintain, allowing you more quality time with your aldabra tortoise.