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Published on Jun 4, 2010
Desert tortoise everlasting - presented by Jack the Lizard More images and stories are at Jack the Lizard Wonder World http://www.animal-dino.com
Turtles diversify their living space. Turtles live in aquatic environment such as swamps, lakes and rivers. Sea turtles choose marine life. The other like Terrapins settles in blackish water area in which seawater blend into flesh water. Tortoises are land turtles. Desert tortoises occur in the Mojave and the Sonoran desert in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. The size is about 9 to 15 inches (23 to 34 cm) in length and the height is about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm). The diets of desert tortoises are grasses, flowers and fruits. Since they can get enough water from their food and store water in their body, they can survive without water for a year or more. They are also adapted to extremely high temperature environment. The ability to dig their own barrows provides the shelter for them to avoid heat during the day. In fact they are probably spent most of their time in their barrows. The eggs and juveniles are vulnerable to natural predators such as ravens, roadrunners, gila monsters (venous lizard) and coyotes. The threats for adult are diseases and human activities such as poaching, mining, sheep & cattle grazing and off-highway vehicles. Desert tortoises live up to 80 years or more in the wild.
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