Range and habitats of the desert tortoise

Product Type: 

Report, Pages In

Year: 

1994

Author(s): 

Germano, D.J., R.B. Bury, T.C. Esque, T.H. Fritts, and P.A. Medica

Suggested Citation: 

Germano, D.J., R.B. Bury, T.C. Esque, T.H. Fritts, and P.A. Medica. 1994. Range and habitats of the desert tortoise. In: Biology of North American Tortoises. Fish and Wildlife Research 13. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Survey. 73-84 p.

We determined the current range of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) based on the available latest data from government agencies, the literature, and our experience. We developed the first detailed range map of this species and summarized information about habitat preferences. New records of occurrences were incorporated, and some peripheral localities of questionable authenticity were deleted. The distribution of G. agassizii covers the broadest range of latitude, climatic regimes, habitats, and biotic regions of any North American tortoise...