Here we see a a desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) hatching from its egg at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center located in Sacramento, California.

desert tortoise is a federally listed threatened species only found in
the Mojave Desert. Young ones like the little guy pictured above are
especially prone to predators like dogs and ravens, whose numbers can
increase around areas of human activity and structures.

tortoises can be killed by car traffic, ingesting trash, and wildfires,
and are affected by loss of habitat from urban and industrial
development, cutting short their potential lifespan of 100 years.

(By: K. Kristina Drake, USGS)