Galapagos Giant Tortoises
When discussing late bloomers, be sure to mention the Galapagos giant tortoises. These massive tortoises have waited an astounding 40 years to attain sexual maturity, and when mating begins, it could last for hours. The males assemble, rising up on their legs and extending their necks to measure dominance with the shorter one crying and leaving the taller one to mate. The males yell noisily and bobble their heads to gain the females attention. Having found a mate, the male tortoise rams her with the front of his shell and immobilizes her by nipping her legs until she draws him in to mount and the loud roaring begins. After mating, the females journey for long distances to nest and the young emerge nearly 140 days later.