Tortoise Identification

Quirk

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Hi everyone!

Friends and I have found a tortoise and we can't figure out its species. It was found in the Thousand Oaks area in California, which is just north of LA. We dont think it's a desert tortoise, but honestly can't be sure. Even if it is, it's quite out of range!

Here are some photos:

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wellington

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I'm not sure what species either but it is someone's pet by the pyramiding on it. Most native species to any area aren't that bad.
 

Toddrickfl1

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I'm not 100% but it certainly does look like a desert tortoise
 

Yvonne G

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If it IS a Chaco, and you don't want it and can't find its owner, I WANT IT!!!!!! (First Dibs!)
 

Markw84

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Yes, that is a chaco tortoise Geochelone chilensis

The chaco will not have a nuchal scute. The Gopherus do have a nuchal, (however, the berlandieri occasionally does not - but the overall berlanderieri shape is pretty easy to distinguish.)
 

JanelP

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I hope you look to find its owner, someone is probably missing it
 
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