Gopherus Agassizii (Agassiz’s Desert Tortoise). Mechanical Injury

Herpetological Review
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On 3 June 2015 at 1024 h, a team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists located an immature Gopherus agassizii (Agassiz’s desert tortoise) at Joshua Tree National Park, near the southern Cottonwood Canyon entrance. The habitat in the area is typical of the Sonoran Desert in that part of California with various trees and shrubs including Larrea tridentate (creosote bush), Parkinsonia florida (blue palo verde), Olneya tesota (ironwood), Fouquieria splendens (ocotillo) and Psorothamnus spinosus (smoketree), as well as numerous species of cacti, herbaceous plants and shrubs. The 89.4 mm in carapace length G. agassizii was estimated to be four years old by counting growth rings on the plastron, and weighed 160g. It was found basking on a flat spot on a north-facing, steep, rocky slope with a Ferocactus cylindraceus (California barrel cactus) spine impaling the G. agassizii under the right leg.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Gopherus Agassizii (Agassiz’s Desert Tortoise). Mechanical Injury
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 46
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 423
Last page 424
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Joshua Tree National Park
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