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North American Reptiles - Tortoises



Desert Tortoise
(Gopherus agassizii)
Desert Tortoise
The Desert Tortoise is a terrestrial tortoise with a high-domed greenish-tan to dark brown carapace. The front legs have heavy claws and are flattened for digging. The back legs are stumpy. Males are slightly larger than females. Male tortoises have... Read more >
Texas Tortoise
(Gopherus berlandieri)
Texas Tortoise
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... Read more >
Bolson Tortoise
(Gopherus flavomarginatus)
Bolson Tortoise
The Bolson Tortoise is the largest North American tortoise species. It was discovered as recently as 1959. The Bolson Tortoise is a terrestrial tortoise with a high-domed brownish carapace. The front legs have heavy claws and are flattened for... Read more >
Gopher Tortoise
(Gopherus polyphemus)
Gopher Tortoise
The Gopher Tortoise has a brown, gray or black carapace, and yellow or tan underside (plastron). Hatchlings are lighter in color. Males have a concave plastron, while females have a flat plastron. Males have longer tails than females. Gopher... Read more >