Animal Facts
    Common Name:
    Desert Tortoise
    Scientific Name:
    Gopherus agassizii
    • Their solitary lifestyle often leads to confrontation between males.
    • Their burrows can be deep, up to 30 ft long, and serve as protection from extreme temperatures and predators.
    • To escape harsher winter conditions, they hibernate from about November - March.
    5 in
    12 lb
    12 in
    Life Span:
    80 yrs
    Number of Young:
    6 eggs
    • Desert
    • Grassland
    • Rocky Areas
    Fun Facts:
    • Tough scales on the legs protect them from spines on many desert plants.
    • Although they do drink when water is present, most of their moisture comes from plants they eat.
    • Desert tortoises play an important role in dispersing seeds in their feces throughout their habitat.
    • All types of animals rely on their burrows for shelter in the desert.
    • Disease
    • Habitat Loss
    • Poaching / Over Consumption
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)

    Their wild counterparts use tunnels and burrows to escape temperature extremes and danger, our desert tortoises have access to a built-in den off of their large habitat to encourage this natural behavior. 

    They can eat the desert plants in their habitat in between the “salads” that are fed 3 times per week.