|Average height||23 ft.|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Universe||The Future is Wild|
The Toraton is a future descendant of the tortoise which lives in the Bengal Swamp - an environment which replaced the Bay of Bengal after East Africa collides with Southeast Asia, about 100 million years in the future.
The toraton is 23 feet (7 m) tall and weighs 120 tons, thus being regarded as the heaviest creature ever to walk the Earth, if measured in terms of bulk and weight (growing even heavier than the dinosaurs), although the sauropod Argentinosaurus and other giant animals such as Paraceratherium did rival this giant tortoise in size. Although young toratons are small enough to be killed by swampus venom, the adults are too big to be harmed. In fact, a fully grown toraton has no predators.
The toraton eats constantly, consuming 1,300 pounds of vegetation a day. It requires less food than a mammal of the same size because of its ectothermic ancestry. They are noisy animals, producing very deep bellows which can be heard for miles across the swamp. The toraton cannot withdraw into its shell like the tortoise could, but its shell is used to protect and partially support its muscles. The toraton has evolved a digestive system that has a muscular stomach to grind its food, and a gut filled with bacteria to digest the rest of the vegetation. Its legs have moved directly underneath its body to support the tons of massive muscle on this enormous creature.
Toratons mate back to back because they are so massive that if the male were to get onto the female she would be injured. She lays her two large eggs in a nest. She must help them crack their shells open. They are cared for 5 years by their parents. Capable of living for 120 years or more; when an adult toraton feels death approaching, it will migrate to large toraton graveyards, where decomposing toratons produce enormous amounts of heat. The skin of the Toraton is more rough and leathery than the scaly and baggy skin of a tortoise.