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Sonoran Desert Tortoise

The Sonorant desert tortoises is one of the desert tortoise that is found throughout the sonorant range. This terrestrial species is mostly active during the day and twilight meaning they are diurnal and crepuscular at the same time. Although a few can be equally active at nights if it requires.



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


    Size 14-15 inches(36-38 cm)
    Color Brown to faded black body, with prominent growth rings on the shell, short tail
    Distribution South-central Arizona, southern part of Colorado River
    Habitat Desert, semi desert grassland
    Diet Weed, fruits, cacti, leafy greens, vegetables
    Hibernation fact Throughout the winter in burrows
    Predators Fire ant, coyote,raven, kit fox,roadrunner,Gila monster
    Mode of reproduction Oviparous
    Clutch size Around 12 eggs
    Incubation period 2-3 months
    Average lifespan 35-50 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on December 16th 2018 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 1st December 2018.

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