Desert Tortoise. Gopherus agassizii. Turtle or Tortoise?. A tortoise dwells on the land with a high-domed shell. ~Elephant-shaped legs, and goes in the water only to drink or bathe. A turtle lives in the water (aka pond turtles, sea turtles,musk turtles etc..). Basic Information.
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~Elephant-shaped legs, and goes in the water only to drink or bathe.
*Desert tortoises are adapted to live in deserts:
- Mojave Desert
- Sonoran Deserts
- southern Nevada,
- south through Arizona into Mexico.
* Prefer rocky habitats (near alluvial fans, and around shrubs)