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Las Vegas- is this a desert tortoise?

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by queen koopa, May 13, 2019.

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  1. queen koopa

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    406D7BA6-0E90-4043-A788-E9A5BFDA3F1F.jpeg 07DB087B-7EE6-4FFA-A08F-DFF1D82F9D91.jpeg hey all this lil guy popped up at my neighbors. Our community borders the desert. We have him listed on the neighborhood lost animal site. Just curious.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Yes, it's a desert tortoise. Pretty rough-looking, so he may be a wild tortoise, however, because you can still see all the ridges of new growth, that's something you mainly see in someone's pet tortoise. Being wild, those ridges get worn smooth.
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    I love these tortoises! So basic and chunky looking. Absolute tortoiseness.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    He\she does look rough indeed. Most likely captive tortoise because of the flatter shell. Wild tortoises tend to be higher domed, something that doesn't happen in captivity
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    Excuse my ignorance, but why do wild torts tend to dome more than captive ones?

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    Yep, a wild DT is usually high domed. Captive raised are flatter no one knows why though
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    Stress of captivity most likely. Like Orca fins?
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