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Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by Brendelwood, Oct 9, 2019 at 2:57 PM.

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  1. Brendelwood

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    Hi All,

    I have a friend that has taken on the care of a tortoise. He received this tortoise from a neighbor that could no longer care for it. I'm no pro at identifying the minor details of the different species and could use some help getting this guy setup with the proper care. Here are a few pictures:



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    Looks to be a California desert tortoise
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    Millerlite Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Def. A desert tortoise. I would even say texas tortoise because of the head markings. They stay a little smaller than ca desert tortoises, how big is he/she ?

    Kyle
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    There's just something a little bit off that keeps me from calling it a desert tortoise. I'd like to see the plastron (the underside). I'm pretty sure it's a Gopherus berlandieri, but a plastron shot would cinch it.
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    Thanks for the quick reply everyone. My friend made an account so he should be chiming in anytime soon. He should be getting pics up for the plastrons as requested.
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    I agree with @Yvonne G Looks like a Texas Tortoise - Gopherus berlaneieri to me as well. The eyes, head shape and scalation on front legs. The overall shape. The slightly wider 3rd vertebral...
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    He is awesome. But am I seeing like there is something tied around his left front leg?
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    Millerlite Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Yeah that's why I say texas tortoise too. I have 3 of them and looks like mine, but I can't tell how big this tortoise is... if its 12-13 inches probably not a texas. Head markings form me give it away the have those 2 Mark's on the head that yell texas tortoise to me lol.. but again I do see 3 of them everyday

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    It's probably just dead grass, but it DOES sort of look like that plastic mesh that you find in sod, doesn't it?

    @Brendelwook : Ask your friend to look closely, in very bright light, at the crease on both front legs above the toes to make sure there's nothing in there, or wrapped around inside that crease
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    I believe that's just some mud caked up on the feet. The new owner just created an account and will be able to chime in soon.
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    Cmon, cmon the suspense is killin me:confused:.
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