Desert tortoise

To beat the heat, desert tortoises use their strong forearms and tough nails to dig underground burrows where they can hide from the sun. These reptiles dig grooves into on the ground’s surface to catch rainwater.

Fast Facts

  • The eggs of a desert turtle are shaped like a ping pong ball.
  • Some desert tortoise burrows can hold up to 25 turtles.
  • A desert tortoise can go up to a year without requiring fresh water.

Scientific name

Gopherus agassizii
Range  North America and Central America
Conservation status Vulnerable
Diet Herbivore
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