Date: October 15, 2020 12:26PM
Is the Sonoran desert tortoise or Morafka's desert tortoise, Gopherus morafkai Murphy et al., 2011
I was just reviewing the nomenclature, and as you can see it's been revised. Wiki now lists six species in the genus Gopherus...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopherus
>>In July 2011, researchers decided on the basis of DNA and behavioral data that the Sonoran and Mojave populations of the desert tortoise were distinct species. As such, there are currently six recognized species in the genus Gopherus...
Based on the size, I'm doubtful this one was a desert tortoise, so it's likely it was someone's "escapee." There are lots of possibilities.