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Description

La Tortuga del Desierto (Gopherus agassizii) es una de las especies en las Tortugas Terrestres, o Tortugas de Tierra, (familia Testudinidae). Esta familia de tortugas se estudia en las Tortugas Criptodiras (suborden Cryptodira) que son las tortugas que retraen la cabeza dentro del carapazón, en diferencia de las tortugas pleurodiras que esconden la cabeza doblando el cuello lateral al cuerpo.
El carapazón de Gopherus agassizii es elevado sin ser muy alto; usualmente alcanza una longitud de 15 a 37 cm. El peto, o plastrón, es grande y no tiene charnelas. En los adultos las dos placas frontales del peto, las placas gulares, se proyectan hacia adelante, separadas en las puntas y pasando el borde del carapacho.

Los machos de esta especie, en promedio, son más grandes que las hembras. En los adultos se pueden distinguir los sexos al tener los machos la cola más larga y gruesa además del peto ser cóncavo en la parte posterior; en las hembras el peto es relativamente plano.

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Berlandier's Tortoise Gopherus berlandieri

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connor22

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October 24, 2014 04:31 PM CDT

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Berlandier's Tortoise Gopherus berlandieri

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connor22

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October 25, 2014 05:51 PM CDT

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Leopard Tortoise Stigmochelys pardalis

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i_c_riddell

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December 5, 1980 09:02 AM CAT

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Desert Tortoise Gopherus agassizii

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chris_hass

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October 22, 2014 08:47 AM MDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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finatic

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April 15, 2010 04:23 PM PDT

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Brevard County, Florida, US

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Sonoran Desert Tortoise Gopherus morafkai

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patrick_mcgowan

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October 23, 2014 05:30 PM MST

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Berlandier's Tortoise Gopherus berlandieri

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connor22

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October 23, 2014 04:28 PM CDT

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eduardo_daniel

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October 12, 2014

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texas tortoise Gopherus berlandieri

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jcentavo

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October 19, 2014

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This guy had just been straddled by a gravel truck on a very busy oil field road. Luckily the driver liked tortoises. He wasn't moving so I picked him up and moved him to a BIG ranch.

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Red-footed Tortoise Chelonoidis carbonaria

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migueleq

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October 8, 2014 01:07 PM CDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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sarka

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September 22, 2013

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Description from Wikipedia

Tortoises (/ˈtɔːr.təs.ɪz/, Testudinidae) are a family of land-dwelling reptiles in the order Testudines. Like other turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The tortoise endoskeleton has the adaptation of having an external shell fused to the ribcage. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters. They are usually...

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