Giant Malagasy Tortoise

Giant Malagasy Tortoise : Mystery Turtle of Madagascar.

Variant name:

Ranta (Malagasy/Austronesian).

Physical description:

Large tortoise.




Southwest coast of Madagascar.

Possible explanation:

The Giant Malagasy tortoise (Geochelone grandidieri), an extinct turtle with a carapace 4 feet long, may have persisted until the 1940s.


  • Raymond Decary, La faune malgache, son rôle dans les croyances et les usages indigènes (Paris: Payot, 1950), pp. 205–206.


Mysterious Creatures – A Guide to Cryptozoology written by George M. Eberhart – Copyright © 2002 by George M. Eberhart

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