Desert Tortoise Animal Pictures

Gopherus Agassizii

Desert Tortoise (Gopherus Agassizii)

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Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) at the Buffalo Zoo

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Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in Rainbow Basin near Barstow, California

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Desert Tortoise near Saint George, UT

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Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the Mojave desert

Desert Tortoise (Gopherus Agassizii)

Desert Tortoise (Gopherus Agassizii)

Slowest Animals In North America
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Desert Tortoise in the Mojave Desert. One of the reasons for tortoises' slow speeds is because of their diet; they are herbivores, so do not need to hunt or chase their food.