Females lay 1-3 clutches of 2-15 eggs between May-June. Incubation is 90-135 days
|Number of young at birth:||
|Age of maturity:||15-20 years|
The upper shell ranges between 6-14 in long
|Size at birth:||2 in|
- Found in the deserts of southwestern United States to Northwestern Mexico.
- Desert tortoises are herbivores eating wild grass, flowers, cactus pads and fruit.
- The shell is high domed with prominent growth lines on shields of both the upper and lower shell sections. The top is brown or horn-colored; the bottom is yellowed.
- Females can give birth for up to 15 years after initial mating with the male.
- Desert tortoises are inactive most of the year.
- They spend much of their life in burrows and rock shelters in order to regulate body temperature and reduce water loss.
- Rough scales on the front legs along with high domed shell make the desert tortoise practically invulnerable.
- Vulnerable species due to human related changes to the environment.