desert tortoise

noun

Definition of desert tortoise

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

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Some animals, like the desert tortoise in the southwestern United States, spend much of their time underground. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Deserts, explained," 12 June 2019 Locals says the base knows every desert tortoise and jackrabbit that hops the fence. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51," 17 July 2019 Campers met snakes, including a yellow boa constrictor, a desert tortoise, and a large lizard called a water monitor, Hummel said. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Happy tails: Children learn at Carroll County Humane Society Critter Camp," 15 July 2019 Herschel Facebook Post Photo: Kim DeRoest There could be as many as a million pet tortoises in California, according to the Tortoise Group, a Las Vegas nonprofit focused on the welfare of the desert tortoise. Kathleen Hughes, WSJ, "Think Keeping Up With Your Dog Is Tough? Try a Pet Tortoise," 11 Dec. 2018 Councilwoman Sharon Springer asked Deroian if other pets, such as a desert tortoise, would be counted toward the total number of pets in a household. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Household pet limits increased in Burbank," 16 Mar. 2018 There's also Mojave Maxine, a desert tortoise at the Living Desert in Palm Desert. David Montero, latimes.com, "How do you know it's springtime in Vegas? By waiting for Mojave Max to emerge," 29 Mar. 2018 But the tradition still carried on with a new Mojave Max — a 14-year-old desert tortoise living in captivity at Springs Preserve. David Montero, latimes.com, "How do you know it's springtime in Vegas? By waiting for Mojave Max to emerge," 29 Mar. 2018 At another table, docent Maureen Lewis showed off her pet desert tortoise, Capt. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Charles Darwin's birthday marked with cake, a live tortoise at Natural History Museum," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of desert tortoise

1933, in the meaning defined above

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