desert tortoise


Definition of desert tortoise

: a large burrowing land tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and adjacent Mexico

Examples of desert tortoise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Videos have shown Ranger Freddy eating a cactus fruit, excavating a desert tortoise habitat and safely removing a cholla cactus from his skin. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2021 The vehicles, which were headed to a huge pot farm, streaked through desert tortoise habitat and sent a large cloud of dust billowing over cholla cactus and creosote. Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2021 Severe drought may cause species like the Joshua tree, desert tortoise and desert bighorn sheep to seek higher elevations that receive more rainfall, according to the National Park Service. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 8 June 2021 Conservationists are fighting plans to extend Long Valley Road south into desert tortoise habitat to provide a second entrance to the subdivision. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2021 This Mojave desert tortoise has survived at least two wildfires that have burned through his habitat in southern Utah! The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2020 Along with the decisions allowing the highway’s construction is the renewal of the 1995 habitat conservation plan, or HCP, for the desert tortoise. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 Over the years, the Bureau of Land Management has spent millions acquiring private parcels inside the desert tortoise preserve that is now enveloped by the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area just outside St. George. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2020 The Sonoran desert tortoise relies on such bursts in forage to survive in its arid homeland. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of desert tortoise

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Desert tortoise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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