Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galápagos giant tortoise are the largest living species of tortoise. Modern Galápagos tortoises can weigh over 900 pounds. With life spans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates. A captive individual lived at least 170 years. Spanish explorers, who discovered the islands in the 16th century, named them after the Spanish galápago, meaning "tortoise".