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Habitat characteristics of North American tortoises: chapter 9

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Abstract

North American tortoises are distributed in semi-arid and temperate deserts and coastal regions of the southern United States and Mexico. The five species currently recognized each have specific habitat requirements, which they fulfill through their selection of, and interaction with unique habitat constituents. In this chapter we discuss the physiographic and geological associations, perennial and annual vegetation components, shelter sites, and climatic conditions associated with the species’ habitats, as well as the potential threats to their habitat.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Habitat characteristics of North American tortoises: chapter 9
ISBN 9781421413778
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher location Baltimore, MD
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Biology and conservation of North American tortoises
First page 77
Last page 84