Desert Tortoise

No. 295329

by Safari Ltd

Native to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of the United States and Mexico, the desert tortoise can grow to be over 80 years old. It spends most of its time in burrows to help regulate its body temperature and water loss in order to survive the harsh climate of its natural habitat.

  • Scientific Name: Gopherus agassizii
  • Characteristics: Desert tortoises are herbivores with a big appetite, so make sure you have some fresh greens on hand in case this pokey pal gets hungry! Designed and painted by hand, this figurine makes an exceptional gift, toy, or teaching aid.
  • Size and Color: In order to blend into their environments more effectively, desert tortoises are often brown and dark olive in color. Standing 1.5 inches tall and 3.25 inches long, this model is a bit shorter and longer than a deck of cards stood on its side.
  • The Desert Tortoise is part of the Wild Safari® North American Wildlife collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free
  • Product Description


    Desert tortoises are classified as vulnerable on the conservation status spectrum, and their population numbers are negatively affected by human development, habitat loss and fragmentation, the introduction of new predators or competing species, and multiple diseases. Thankfully, there are many sanctuaries set up throughout the United States and Mexico in order to help stabilize the desert tortoise population.

    • Recommended Age: 3
    • Size in cm: 8.8 L x 5.0 W x 4 H
    • Size in in: 3.46 L x 1.97 W x 1.57 H
    Present Statis The desert tortoise is listed as Vulnerable and is protected under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species. The main threats to this species include habitat loss, collection for the pet trade and upper respiratory disease. Desert tortoise hatchlings also have a high mortality rate, which contributes to the species decline as well.