Desert Tortoise Resting in natural habitat.
Desert Tortoise Photos.
Photos below demonstrate various methods of keeping hatchling and small tortoises, from "Desert Tortoise Hell's" (Aquariums - PLEASE DON"T USE) to good, healthy, easy to build
mobile tables, wagons, outdoor pens - some moveable and other stationary.
Natural Habitat, Mojave Desert
PLEASE DO NOT USE AQUARIUMS FOR DESERT TORTOISES, THEY HAVE NO MICROCLIMATE, NO SPACE FOR TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS, NO HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR PROPER GROWTH.
MUCH BETTER TO USE OUTDOOR PENS, TORTOISE TABLES, ETC. AS SHOWN BELOW. YOU CAN BUILD TABLES OUT OF BOOKCASES, USE HOME DEPOT GARDEN CART, BUILD YOUR OWN, PLANT GRAZE ITEMS IN THEM, CREATE HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS FOR YOUR LITTLE SHELLED FRIENDS AND AVOID MOST METABOLIC HEALTH ISSUES EASILY.
Two outdoor moveable habitats
Home Depot Garden Cart Wagon with desert tortoise seed mix planted, top opened to show interior, totally protected from predators and able to be moved about with easy for hatchling and small juvenile desert tortoises.
Above ground shelters, moveable hatchling habitat
Hatchling burrows, outdoor pen
Below, hatchling pen by Rick and Jami
Above 4 y/o tortoises, natural dug burrows
Don's Juvenile burrow habitat showing DT Seed mix plantings, shade plants Rosemary, Artemisia, Aloe
Above, "Alright, you squirted me" - Big Daddy, 74 y/o DT who often "mounted" his sprinkler .
Below, male desert tortoise penis.
Above: "Mojave", female desert tortoise from high altitudes @ Joshua Tree , Ca. area , now residing with Don in Bakersfield, ca. Darker coloration enables faster body temp warm up in higher altitudes.
Below: "Serenity" (Born September 4, 1928) female desert tortoise from lower altitudes. Lighter color allows better ability to reflect and disperse heat in hotter, lower altitudes.