Gopherus agassizii Mohave Desert Tortoise
Some other names for this species:
Desert Tortoise, Agassiz’s Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise Natural Area, Kern County, CaliforniaApril 22, 2000
Mohave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) Mohave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
At long last, after many visits to Desert Tortoise Natural Area over the last three years, I finally saw a tortoise. This female is probably about 40 years old, based on her size. When we first saw her in the morning she was lying still, basking in the sun. Later we found her strolling purposefully about, chomping on the sparse grasses and other plants.
East Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, CaliforniaApril 2, 2005
Mohave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) Mohave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
Even for desert tortoises in the midst of the best spring wildflower bloom in decades, it seems that the grass is always greener on the other side of the road.
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