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Depends on environmental conditions. Every 1, 2, or 3 years.
In the wild: 90-120 days
Males: about 45 mm (1.8 in) carapace length
Females: 42 mm (1.7 in) carapace length
At least 35 years; may live 50-100 years
Largest terrestrial turtle in the United States
Claws on front limbs for digging burrows and nests
After foraging, often assume a limp, spread-eagle posture with limbs and neck extended
Communicate with head-bobbing displays, vocalizations, and odors
Mortality in wild for juveniles more than 90%
Diverse conservation challenges (hit by cars, competition with livestock, drought, human collection and removal); many conservation groups working to help the desert tortoise's recovery, including TFTSG, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and our partners
How to cite: Desert Tortoises (Gopherus spp.) Fact Sheet. c2010. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; [accessed YYYY Mmm dd]. http://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/ deserttortoise (note: replace YYYY Mmm dd with date accessed, e.g., 2015 Sep 10)
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