desert tortoise

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Noun1.desert tortoise - burrowing tortoise of the arid western United States and northern Mexicodesert tortoise - burrowing tortoise of the arid western United States and northern Mexico; may be reclassified as a member of genus Xerobates
tortoise - usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
genus Gopherus, Gopherus - gopher tortoises
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If you're lucky, you might get to spot some of the wildlife, including the desert tortoise, as well as some less friendly creatures such as rattlesnakes, scorpions or venomous spiders.
In "Unlikely Ally: How the Military Fights Climate Change and Protects the Environment", investigative journalist Marilyn Berlin Snell takes the reader through these military bases to examine Camp Pendleton's colony of endangered terns; the creation of wildlife corridors by the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms; the Department of Defense's research on the desert tortoise in the Mojave; innovative water conservation practices at Fort Irwin; clean-burning rocket fuels developing at China Lake; and other strategic imperatives given a geopolitical landscape easily destabilized by climate change.
* Desert tortoise endangerment--It was the BLM's curtailment of the Bundys' grazing rights, supposedly to protect the "endangered" desert tortoise, that precipitated the long conflict between the ranching family and the feds.
Accuracy and reliability of dogs in surveying for desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii).
Loosely based on true-life events, Bubby's Puddle Pond: A Tortuga's Tale of the Desert is a gentle, softcover children's picturebook about the adventures of a young desert tortoise adopted as a pet.
The campaign showcases the California market's lifestyle and culture and includes state symbols the grizzly bear, valley quail and the desert tortoise, to help recommend the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan as the 'Official Family Vehicle for California.'
[USA], August 6 (ANI): US researchers have revealed that roadside fencing, which is meant to help desert tortoise, can actually overheat them leading to their death.
THE CONNECT: A desert tortoise with radio transmitters installed on his back.
The desert tortoise, which roams the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, is "threatened" under the United States Endangered Species Act.
Remember the time you put a 6"x8" gift box in the center of four yards of wrapping paper, and when you were finished, it looked like there was a big desert tortoise trapped under wadded paper on one side and a 3"x6" bald spot on the opposite side, with the cardboard showing through?
However, in the desert tortoise (Xerobates agassizi), the kidneys showed as triangular shapes, although they have also been described as loosely lobulate, which was not seen in this study (PENNINCK et al, 1991) In this study, no distinction was observed between the kidney and the pelvis, medulla and cortex or the ureters (PENNINCK et al., 1991; MARTORELL et al., 2004).

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