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Desert Tortoises burrow themselves under the sand to protect themselves from extreme desert temperatures.
Adults can survive up to a year without water! They are able to get their water from their diet
The tortoises can withdraw their head, legs, and tail into their shell providing themselves protection from their predators such as coyotes or foxes.
Here is a tortoise burrowing themselves in the sand to stay cool underneath the sand and protect themselves from predators.
To make use of the infrequent rainfalls, tortoises dig shallow pits to collect water
The tortoises may be found waiting by these shallow holes when rain is in the forest