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Wife Found Tortoise- What Kind is it?

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by Jrob, Sep 12, 2019.

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  1. Jrob

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    My wife found this tortoise today in the road in San Antonio. What Kind is it?
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    Looks like a young desert tortoise. They are a native, and protected species. It is illegal to remove them from the wild. I recommend returning it to the area it was found, or contacting Game & Fish and letting them take it.
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    Since your wife found it on the road she really did the right thing. Maybe now she taught the tortoise a crucial lesson in life. Roads aren't fun. Release the darling real close to the spot you found it facing home into weeds and stuff. He/she might think twice next time.
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    Texas Tortoise (gopherus berlanderi), which is native to San Antonio. From the Texas Parks & Wildlife web page: "A low reproductive rate, historic heavy exploitation by pet suppliers, and other factors have led to a severe population decline of the species. This has resulted in its being listed in 1977 as a protected nongame (threatened) species, thus affording protection from being taken, possessed, transported, exported, sold, or offered for sale."
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    Thanks for all your help. Tortoise has been released near where caught. I watched him and heading away from road. Hopefully lives a long life and sees no more cars or people
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    I have a Russian and Redfoot and my wife thought it was a Russian. I looked at box turtles and texas tortoise online and wanted to make sure. Thanks again everyone.
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    You did a good deed!
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    That's great that you released the tortoise near where it was found! Thank you!!!
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    I was in the area today and did a quick drive by and did not see tortoise. Put him in about 40-50 yards from road and made sure heading opposite way.

    Glad i was able to help the tortoise
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