The desert tortoise is found in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in North America. It is listed as "threatened" under the United States federal Endangered Species Act and is considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The tortoise was placed on both the California and Federal Endangered Species Lists in 1989 and 1990, respectively. Handling wild tortoises is illegal under the Endangered Species Act. Their speed is an average 0.2 mph. Mojave – after the Mojave Desert. The desert tortoise has lived in the Mojave and Colorado/Sonoran deserts of California, southern Nevada, Arizona, southwestern Utah, and in Mexico for thousands of years. This reptile is able to survive ground temperature exceeding 140 degrees F and is known to live as long as 60 to 80 years.
Endangered Animals Initiative
Frontier is dedicated to bringing awareness to the endangered animals within the continental U.S.A. You can learn more about our endangered animal tails here.