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Survival during Early Life Stages of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the South-Central Mojave Desert
Journal of Herpetology
Early age classes of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) are particularly vulnerable to predation by several mammal and bird species. We studied tortoise survival at the Sand Hill Training Area of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, from 1998 to 1999. We radiographed and thread-spooled 25 females to determine reproductive and nesting ecology. Predators consumed 11 of 42 monitored nests during the first 70 days of incubation. Ninety-one of 132 eggs indoi:10.1670/94-02a fatcat:qxc6ujt3fvawlnwgtunp5cr2fu