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Desert Tortoise

CONSERVATION STATUS : VULNERABLE
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Chelonia
Genus & Species: Gopherus agassizii     
Family: Testudinidae

Status:

Listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Range:

Southern Nevada to Sinaloa, Mexico and Mojave desert of California to eastern Arizona.

Habitat:

Desert areas where sand is firm enough to dig burrows.

Activity:

Diurnal except in extreme seasonal heat.

Diet:

Grasses, annual flowering plants, perennial shrubs, cactus pads, and fruits.