Reptiles

Aldabra Giant tortoise / Torti-d-ter

Geochelone gigantean

Aldabra giant tortoise

Several Giant tortoises can be found roaming about the plateau, feeding on leaves and fallen fruits. These large herbivores belong to the Aldabra species, which were introduced to the granitic islands after overexploitation led to the extinction of the resident species

Hawksbill turtle / Kare

Eretmochelys imbricata

Hawksbill turtle

Cousin is the most important nesting ground in the Western Indian Ocean for these marine turtles. Elsewhere nesting under the cover of darkness, in Seychelles the females can be seen nesting in broad daylight, laying their eggs in holes dug in the sand under the beach vegetation from October to January, with the young emerging approximately eight weeks later. Once exploited for their beautiful shell, these graceful creatures are now protected in Seychelles.

Freshwater terrapin / Torti soupap

Pelusios subniger

Seychelles black mud terrapin

These elusive turtles live in the swamp at the base of the hill, feeding on plants, water insects and other prey. They are shy and only seen several times a year when heavy rains fill the marsh and wash them out onto the path.

Green Turtle / Torti-d-mer

Chelonia mydas

Green turtle

Olive brown in colour this turtle derives its name from the colour of its fat. Each year a few nest on the granitics island including Cousin, the main site of breeding is on Aldabra and southern islands. Nesting occurs year round with two peaks January-April and July September.