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Texas Tortoise

Texas tortoise is a species of tortoise native to the United States and Mexico. The species is omnivorous, diurnal and solitary. During the hot summer months, the species is active for several hours in the early morning and the last few hours before dusk. The male and female come in contact only during mating. 

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Superfamily Testudinoidea
    Family Testudinidae
    Genus Gopherus
    Scientific Name Gopherus berlandieri

    Size Around 23 cm (9 in)
    Color Yellowish-orange scutes on the shell
    Distribution United States (South-Central Texas); Mexico
    Habitat Dry scrub and grasslands
    Diet Grasses and herbs, flowers, fruits, stems of prickly pears, sometimes eat insects, animal bones, snails, and fecal matter
    Breeding Season June to September
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 3 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 4 months
    Reproductive Age Females mature at least at the age of 10 years
    Average Lifespan Around 60 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on August 23rd 2017 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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