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The Desert Tortoise is a moderately sized tortoise native throughout the Southwestern United States. The Desert Tortoise is now considered an endangered species and is rarely seen in the wild. Desert Tortoises are sometimes available for adoption to suitable homes, provided the owner does not wish to take the tortoise out of the desert climate.

The Desert Tortoise can live to between 30 and 70 years. They spend the majority of this time in burrows in the desert. They require very little water to drink and get most of what they need from the food they eat. In the wild, Desert Tortoises often drink only after a heavy rain, when they will drain a puddle of water. The water that they drink helps to flush out toxins in their bodies. They may have only one drink of water in an entire year.

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