Desert Tortoise Care Sheet

Description: The Desert Tortoise spends most of its time in underground burrows which it has dug in an attempt to avoid the scorching heat of the desert.
Scientific Name: Gopherus agassizii
Lifespan: 40 to 50 years
Average Size: 10 to 14 inches
Origin: The deserts of North America


The recommended way to feed your Desert Tortoise is to allow it long periods of grazing time outdoors. They will eat the grass on your lawn as its primary food. In addition to the grass you can also feed it leafy vegetables as well as a small supply of fruits.

Although the Desert Tortoise does not drink very much water it does occassionally meaning you will need to provide it with a constant supply of fresh water.



Lighting: If you keep your tortoise outdoors it will get plenty of sunlight which it needs to stay healthy.
Physical Design: The best place to keep your Desert Tortoise is outdoors. Although depending on the climate that you live in it may not always be possible. Be sure to provide your Desert Tortoise with plenty of shade in case it gets too hot from the summer sun.
Size: If they are kept outdoors size should not be an issue but if they are kept indoors you will need to provide them with plenty of room to roam around in.
Substrate: A thick layer of sand works best as a substrate because these tortoises like to burrow in the wild.
Temperature: The warm end of the temperature gradient should reach 90 degrees F while the cool side should remain lower at 75 degrees F.
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