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Featured Species | Desert Tortoise (09:26)

Host: Sarah Leon with Roy Averill-Murrray

Desert tortoise (click to view larger)
desert tortoise
Photo credit: Beth Jackson/USFWS


Status: Threatened/ Listed on August 08, 1980
Scientific Name: Gopherus agassizii
Description: The desert tortoise is found throughout the Mojave Desert of California, Nevada, Arizona, Mexico, and Utah. Tortoises have survived in the desert for millions of years, however today they face many hurdles.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011