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Desert Tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) Combat Over A Den

By

Kris Haas




This herpetological photo opportunity presented itself to me on August 5, 2007 as I was desert hiking in Maricopa County, Arizona in search of herps. I observed these two Desert Tortoises tusseling over the right to occupy a den. The tortoise already in the opening of the den was fiercely struggling to fend off the second tortoise's repeated attempts to enter the den. Their ongoing struggle resulted the below series of photographs.

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All photos © 2007 by Kris Haas



Date submitted 07/15/07




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