AnAge entry for Gopherus agassizii

Classification (HAGRID: 04198)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Reptilia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Testudines (Taxon entry)
                Family: Testudinidae
                    Genus: Gopherus
Species
Gopherus agassizii
Common name
Desert tortoise
Synonyms
Xerobates agassizii, Scaptochelys agassizii

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
62.8 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 451
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

Their longevity has been reported to be between 50 and 100 years [0437]. Estimates of longevity in the wild suggest these animals may live over 50 years [0527]. One study found that mortality declines with age in these animals, up to advanced ages, and as such could be a species exhibiting negligible senescence [1150].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
5,500 days
Male sexual maturity
5,500 days
Incubation
118 days
Clutch size
8 (oviparous)
Adult weight

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 173856
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 38772
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