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California Desert Tortoise

Californian desert tortoises are one of the two species that fall into the category of the desert tortoise. Living mostly in the holes underneath the soil or sand, these tortoises love to stay away from sunlight.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Superfamily Testudinoidea
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Gopherus
    Species Gopherus agassizii

    Size 15 inches(38 cm)
    Weight 128-240 oz
    Color Greenish brown to dark brown high-domed shell, males have longer tails and gular horn than females,
    Distribution Colorado and Mojave desert in California
    Habitat Rocky foothills, deserts, sandy flats, and burrows
    Diet Fruits, flowers, and herbs
    Hibernation period Throughout winter
    Predators Coyote, road runner, kit fox, badger and Gila monster
    Breeding season June-July
    Mode of reproduction Oviparous
    Clutch size 4-8 eggs
    Incubation period 90-135 days
    Reproductive age 15-20 years
    Average lifespan 50-80 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

    California Desert Tortoise Pictures Gallery

    Published on December 1st 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st December 2018.

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