Bolson Tortoise of the Chihuahuan Desert

GreyFeather

Calumet, United States

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The largest North American tortoise, the Bolson tortoise was discovered only in 1959. The legend is that a group of biologists working in the Bolsón de Mapimí were at a ranch and saw chickens eating out of a large tortoise shell. They inquired about the origin of the shell and the locals responded by saying that it was, “la tortuga grande del desierto,” the big turtle of the desert.

Photographed at Carlsbad, NM—Living Desert Zoo

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