Desert Tortoises

The Southwestern  U.S. (and Mexican) desert tortoises are considered to be  two species- Agassiz, east of the Colorado River,  and Morafka, west of the Colorado in the Mohave & Sonoran Deserts.

The life expectancy is 50-80 years and they conserve bodily fluids by being as inactive as possible seeking shade and underground bunker sanctuaries. They produce only 4-6 eggs per cycle.

Current threats to the relatively small populations of these are domestic and wild predation, dump development, solar farm development, disease and human interference.

(Photos thanks to Wikipedia)


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