DESERT TORTOISE

SCIENTIFIC NAME:  Gopherus agassizii

HABITAT:  Semi-arid grasslands, desert areas, of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Vulnerable
                                                   

FUN FACT: 

Adult tortoises get most of their water from moisture in the plants that they eat.  They can survive without access to water for a year or longer.  When they have free access to water, they can drink more than 40% of their body weight in approximately an hour.

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*desert tortoise are education animal ambassadors, their habitat is not viewable to public as they require privacy when not on program.

 

312 E Finnup Drive

Garden City, KS 67846

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