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The saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise (Cylindraspis inepta) is a species of giant tortoise in the family Testudinidae that originally lived in the historical Mauritius and was once extinct, but has since been brought back from extinction by SciiFii and reintroduced to the modern Mauritius. The carapace is a brown or tan color with a high, domed shape. It has stocky, heavily scaled legs to support its heavy body. The neck of the domed Rodrigues giant tortoise is very long, even for its great size, which helps the animal to exploit tree branches more than a meter from the ground as a food source. With a long, raised neck and an upturned carapace, this gives the tortoise a giraffe-like body shape almost similar to that of a sauropod dinosaur. It lives by browsing the taller vegetation, while its much smaller relative, the domed Rodrigues giant tortoise, grazes on low vegetation such as fallen leaves and grasses. The saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise is a docile, gentle browser, with, unlike most other tortoises, a tendency to gather in large herds, especially in the evening. The conservation status of the saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise is Vulnerable due to historic invasive species such as rats and pigs, however, thanks to conservationists, both rats and pigs were completely eradicated from Mauritius, allowing the place to be safe haven for native animals, including saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoises, once again after being reintroduced to the island due to lack of non-native invasive egg-eating animals.

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