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These tortoises may attain a length of 10 to 14 inches

desert tortoise

the tortoise was placed on both the California and Federal Endangered Species Lists in 1989 and 1990, respectively. Its status is "threatened," just one notch below "endangered.

Females generally behave less aggressively than males, and may spend more time underground since it is their task to nest and produce clutches of eggs.

The front limbs are flattened for digging and heavily scaled without webbed toes.

Adult desert tortoises can survive a year or more without access to water!Their most active time is in the spring when they will forage for food. During the hottest, driest periods of the year, the tortoise

With their burrows, desert tortoises create a subterranean environment t

Desert tortoise are able to burrow to escape heat. They can store water in their bladder, and are able to tolerate high levels of urea in their blood to keep from losing moisture through excess urinating. They can go for long periods of time without food or water.


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