Gopherus agassizii

Rex was purchased by a local family in the mid-1970s at a swap meet. They felt bad for him because he had holes drilled in his shell and a chain was attached. They took him home and let him roam free in their yard. In 1989 Rex escaped the yard and was found walking down Washington Boulevard in Ogden, Utah. That is when it was decided the ONC would be a better home for him.  

  • Average Weight: 8-15 pounds 
  • Length: 8-15 inches 
  • Lifespan in Wild: 30-50 years 
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 60-100 years 

Fascinating Facts: 

The desert tortoise has a short tail, flattened front legs that are adapted for digging, elephant-like hind legs and a high-domed shell. Desert Tortoise are able to burrow to escape heat. They can store water in their bladder and are able to tolerate high levels of urea in their blood to keep from losing moisture through excess urinating. They can go for long periods of time without food or water. 



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