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7 Animals With the Longest Life Spans

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Tortoises

Tortoises are considered the longest living vertebrates on Earth. One of their oldest known representatives was Harriet, a Galapagos tortoise that died of heart failure at the age of 175 years in June 2006 at a zoo owned by the late Steve Irwin. Harriet was considered the last living representative of Darwin’s epic voyage on the HMS Beagle. An Aldabra giant tortoise named Adwaita died at the rumored age of 250 in March 2006.

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8:38AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

aww

6:29PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Very cooool!!! We are so inferior to our animal counterparts...no competion...

6:26PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Tuataras are cool, they have them in New Zealand, they really do look like mini-dinosaurs. They blend in to the trees and stay so still you really have to look hard to see them.

6:15PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

so cool, who knows someday the people live a little more like they.

7:05AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

and yet, we're shortening their life span so much!

6:27AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you.

6:27AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Interesting!

6:27AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you very much!

6:24AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

That is some wow factor facts!

6:20AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

so many cold blooded animals and invertebrates.

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