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
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.