New tortoise is discovered - level 2

New tortoise is discovered - level 2

30-10-2015 15:00

People identified a new species of giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands.

The new species lives in a 39-square-kilometre area in the east of Santa Cruz Island. There are around 250 of the newly discovered tortoises, and they are genetically different from a large group of tortoises that live in the western part of the island.

In addition to genetic differences, the two Santa Cruz Island species are also different in the shapes of their shells.

Difficult words: species (an animal kind), shape (what something looks like), shell (the hard body part which protects the tortoise).

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