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Common Name: Bolson Tortoise

Scientific Name: Gopherus flavomarginatus


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Sauropsida

Order: Testudines

Family: Testudinidae

Genus: Gopherus

Species: G. flavomarginatus


My animal is a Bolson Tortoise. The animal is the largest species of the four North American tortoise species. Its upper shell may reach 18 inches. The color or it is like a rock color, For example it is black, brown, gray and a little yellow. The eyes are a black and brown and sometimes they are mixed. It is from North America. It lives in the Chihuahua Desert. It looks like a regular tortoise, but a bigger version of it. My animal lays there egg in the sand and just leaves them there and the eggs hatch and the babes work together and leave when their older.


My animal is good in the ecosystem, because it is in the desert and not bothering anyone. They are found in the Mexico northern and center Mexico that is in the desert area. There is about 1000 of them left in the world and that is not good, because it gives it more chances to go extinct. There population is shrinking a lot from the past so I’m sure in about 10 years they will be extinct. They do not make my animal into anything because it is hard to find my animal.


They don't really compete, because they don’t see each other a lot. When they do compete for mates they just push at each other, like when we play tug a war and it looks pretty cool, but sometimes when they fight they bite and get hurt. They don't really have a animal that eats them, but one time some people say it getting eaten by a lot of red ants. It can't because when it dies it gets eaten by ants.


When I researched my animal, I like the part that when my animal is going extinct. I learned a lot about my animal and I never knew they exist. I'm happy I learned a new animal. So now I’m going to share it with everyone I know and see if they know about it.


Author: Michael G.

Published: 06/2009


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