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Agassiz's desert tortoise information, facts - clssicanimal

Agassiz's desert tortoise is a large-sized tortoise species native to Mojave, Sonoran desert, Mexico. It is a member of the family Testudinidae. They are mostly built to survive in desert environments. They are one of the most elusive inhabitants of the desert environment. They can able to hide thier head and legs inside in the shell when they feel danger.

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Their scientific name is Gopherus agassizii. They are also known as Mojave desert tortoise, Desert tortoise.

Common Name: Agassiz's desert tortoise
Scientific Name: Gopherus agassizii


Agassiz's desert tortoises belong to the family Testudinidae and the genus of Gopherus. It is a species of the tortoise. There are 2 species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Vulnerable' due to hunting, habitat loss. These species are listed on the red list on ICUN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Suliformes
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Gopherus
Species: G. agassizii
Number of Species: 2
Group: Reptile
Conservation Status: Vulnerable


Agassiz's desert tortoise is found in Mojave, Sonoran desert, Mexico. They are habitats such as desert, rocky foothills.

Living Locations: Mojave, Sonoran desert, Mexico
Habitat: Desert, Rocky foothills


Agassiz's desert tortoise is a large-sized reptile species. Males are larger than females. An adult length is around 25 cm to 36 cm. Their weight is around 2 kg to 5 kg. They can travel at speed of up to 0.48 km/h.

Color: Brown
Weight: 2 kg to 5 kg (Approx)
Size: 25 cm to 36 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 0.48 km/h (Approx)


Agassiz's desert tortoise is mainly part of the Herbivore diet, which means they eat plants. They mostly eat herbs, grasses, cacti, wildflowers.

Diet: Herbivore
Favorite Food: Herbs, Grasses, Cacti, Wildflowers


Agassiz's desert tortoise has some natural predators like red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, burrowing owls, kit foxes, mountain lions, badgers.

Predators: Red-tailed hawks, Golden eagles, Mountain lions, Badgers


Their lifespan is up to 50 to 80 years in the wild. Agassiz's desert tortoise is a diurnal and solitary animal. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 80 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 15 to 20 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 90 to 120 days. Agassiz's desert tortoises lay 1 to 14 eggs in a breeding season. The young are called hatchlings.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 15 to 20 Years
Incubation Period: 90 to 120 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 1 to 14
Baby called: Hatchling


  • Agassiz's desert tortoises can live where the ground temperature may exceed 60 degrees C, by burrowing into the sand.
  • It is illegal to collect those tortoise species from the wild.



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