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Beth Pratt
Beth Pratt • 2 years ago

Desert tortoises are simply remarkable animals and have existed unchanged for about 18 million years. As a Californian, I am proud of our intrepid little Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) who manages to survive in the driest desert in North America. They dig burrows that stretch for over twenty feet and can hand them down to multiple generations.

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