Facts About Desert Tortoises!


hi i'm mojave max and i'm a desert

tortoise i'm not sure how much you know

about desert tortoises but i'd like to

share a few facts with you as a

threatened species desert tortoises are

federally protected under the Endangered

Species Act since desert tortoises are a

threatened species if you see a desert

tortoise in the wild please don't touch


let it be wild it's okay to watch desert

tortoises from a safe distance but

please do not disturb them desert

tortoises live in a variety of habitats

from sandy flats to Rocky foothills

tortoises can be found in locations from

near sea level to over 5,000 feet in

elevation desert tortoises can live 50

or more years in the wild and even

longer in captivity tortoises depend on

bushes and burrows for shade and

protection from predators such as Ravens

and coyotes to help prevent damage to

sensitive tortoise habitat please stay

on designated routes and trails when

hiking in the desert if you've never

seen a desert tortoise in the wild it

may be because they spend more than 95%

of their lives in their burrows a desert

tortoise will use multiple burrows

throughout its lifetime and may use as

many as 12 burros in a single year

desert tortoises use their strong legs

and nails to dig burrows burrows provide

a cool retreat from summer temperatures

as well as a warm place to brew mate

during the winter months brumation is

like hibernation for tortoises desert

tortoises get water from eating plants

and drinking from puddles after a

rainstorm they can store up to a liter

of water in their body when drought

conditions occur this may allow

tortoises to survive for a year or more

without drinking water desert tortoises

are herbivores they eat desert plants

like cacti grasses and wildflowers

adult females may produce one or two

sets of eggs each year during the summer

months a set of eggs which is called the

clutch may contain 3 to 14 eggs

the female buries her clutch of eggs by

digging a small hole inside of a barrel

this helps protect the eggs from


the eggs will hatch in 90 to 120 days

but she doesn't need to take care of the

eggs or help raise the hatchlings

hatchling tortoises can take care of

themselves hatchling tortoises have very

soft shells which make them vulnerable

to predators it takes about five years

for their shells to harden since

hatchling tortoises are so vulnerable to

predators less than 5 out of 100

hatchlings will survive to adulthood

please do not drop desert tortoises off

at the Red Rock Canyon visitor center if

you're looking for a home for your pet

desert tortoise please do your best to

find someone who will take it

the folks at tortoise group will be able

to guide that person in constructing a

great habitat for the new addition to

their family and if you're interested in

adopting a pet desert tortoise contact

tortoise group at wwr this group org for

more information I hope that you've

enjoyed learning about desert tortoises

today remember please respect protect

and enjoy our desert this presentation

has been brought to you by the Clark

County desert conservation program and

Red Rock Canyon interpretive Association