A desert tortoise is a reptile. Desert tortoises can grow to be ten to to twelve inches long. They can weigh eight to fifteen pounds. Their shells can be greenish tan to brown. They dig pits in the soil to catch rainwater. Their flat, heavy front legs and very long nails help them dig burrows.
A female desert tortoise will lay 4 to 8 ping-pong sized eggs at one time. An adult desert tortoise can survive a year without water. They live in burrows in the Mexican desert, southwestern deserts of the United States and northwestern Mexico.
They eat freshly fallen leaves, tree fruit, flowers, succulents, grasses, shrubs and woody vines. Desert tortoises were fun to learn about.
~Written by Jayden