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Bolson Tortoise

Bolson tortoise is a species of tortoise found in Mexico. The species was discovered in 1959. It is the largest among the other North American tortoise species. The species is herbivorous and terrestrial. Males are a bit larger than the females.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Superfamily Testudinoidea
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Gopherus
    Scientific Name Gopherus flavomarginatus

    Other Names Mexican giant tortoise, Yellow-bordered tortoise
    Size Around 46 cm (18 in)
    Color Brownish upper shell
    Distribution Chihuahuan Desert in north-central Mexico
    Habitat Low grade slopes of fine textured soil with vegetation of mixed sclerophyll shrub and desert bunch grass
    Diet Variety of grasses, herbs, and shrubs
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter in burrows
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 12 to 15 eggs
    Average Lifespan Up to 80 to 100 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on August 22nd 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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