Giant Tortoises Arguing over Dinner Food Fight in the enclosure for female tortoises of unknown ancestry? The Giant Tortoise female digs a hole with her hind legs - about 12" deep and 6" wide, slightly wider at the bottom. She lays her eggs and buries them delicately patting down the soil with the underside of her shell and her feet. In the Espanola breeding pen the wardens open the nest the next morning and transfer the eggs to the incubator. Darwin Center, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.
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