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Texas Tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri)
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Amistad Rec Area, San Pedro Campground road, Val Verde Co, Texas
Photograph by Clinton & Charles Robertson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
TEXAS TORTOISE FACTSDescription
The Texas Tortoise is an oblong turtle with a flat-topped shell. The carapace is mainly brown, with some yellow or orange markings on the scutes. The underside (plastron) is yellow. The head is wedge-shaped with a pointed snout. The head, legs and tail are yellowish brown. It has yellowish-orange horned scutes on its shell. The legs are strong and sturdy. Males have longer and narrower carapace and a concave plastron.
length to 21cm
dry scrub and grasslands.
eats succulent plants, cacti fruit
Nesting season is from April to July. The female lays clutch of 2-3 eggs in a hollow in the ground. One or two clutches are laid each year. The young turtles hatch after 88 to 118 days.
range is from south Texas into eastern Mexico where it is found in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas.
Relatives in same Genus
Desert Tortoise (G. agassizii)