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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-22-2007, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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what type of turtle is this.

Hi there, i hope someone can help me. i found a turtle in my backyard. being i live in nevada, this was quite a surprise. i was wondering if someone could identify it? he is about 3 inches long.

here are some links to some pictures. thanks for any help

turtle1.jpg photo - Ray Damato photos at pbase.com

turtle2.jpg photo - Ray Damato photos at pbase.com

turtle3.jpg photo - Ray Damato photos at pbase.com
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-25-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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It looks like a sulcata tortoise. Where do you live?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-25-2007, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Nevada. other people have told me its a desert tortoise
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-26-2007, 06:22 AM
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It looks like one of your native desert tortoises Gopherus agassizii. I believe it is a state as well as a federally protected species. It is illegal for you to "touch, harm, harass or collect" a desert tortoise.

I'd let it go on it's way ASAP.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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That's definately a Sulcata. I have 3 of these guys. They will get rather large. I'm not sure how he/she got in your back yard but it is a Sulcata. Google "Sulcata" and you can compare pics.
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