desert tortoise

NOUN
  1. burrowing tortoise of the arid western United States and northern Mexico; may be reclassified as a member of genus Xerobates
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  • He is the author of well over 100 research publications including journal articles, book chapters, and six books on desert grassland, the cacti of Sonora, the Sonoran desert tortoise, and packrat middens and the paleoecology of the southwestern deserts. Contributor: Tom Van Devender
  • Our Southwest deserts are home to endangered Sonoran pronghorn antelopes, desert tortoises, kangaroo rats, pupfish, springsnails, and other desert species that are adapted to very specialized niches and therefore particularly vulnerable to changes in climate and habitat. Leda Huta: A Marshall Plan for Nature: How to Protect Endangered Species from Climate Change
  • A suit has been filed by the Center for Biological Diversity to protect 24 endangered species including the Desert tortoise, Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, Arroyo toad and Desert pupfish.
  • The relatively large mass and thermal inertia of female desert tortoises usually prevents winter activity but facilitates their relaxed homeostasis.
  • Losses such as these severely affect populations of long-lived species like saguaros and desert tortoises, Schwalbe said.
  • This disease has been a major factor in the decline of the threatened Mojave population of the desert tortoise and could threaten the survival of the gopher tortoise, too.
  • The dehydration tolerances of desert tortoises are also exceptional.
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