Giant tortoises skip hibernation to eat addictively sweet new plant species

April 8, 2015 5:55 AM

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Giant tortoises skip hibernation to eat addictively sweet new plant species

Researchers have found that the Giant Tortoises are seeking out food all-year round instead of hibernating during the dry season.

In a new study published this week in the Biotropica, researchers say that after a four year study, tracking the movement and foraging behavior of giant tortoises on the Galápagos Islands, it appears that they are seeking out sweeter treats of invasive flora and fruits instead of their local fare.

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