Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise are native to the Mojave and Sonoran Desert; imported to the Colorado desert by man. They live in washes, flats or hillsides. The habitat must have suitable soils and terrain for constructing a burrow. The tortoise is a vegetarian. Their food preferences depend on locality and availability of the food items. In general, tortoises in California feed on herbaceous perennial and annual wildflowers. Desert Tortoise of the Mojave Desert have been listed as a Threatened Species.

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You can help us bring Desert Tortoise and other species back from extinction by supporting The Living Desert’s conservation efforts through the adoption program. Together we can save and protect wildlife around the world.