DF2014:Desert tortoise

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Desert tortoise


Urist likes desert tortoises for their longevity.


Desert tortoise - Desert tortoise man - Giant desert tortoise


· Shell

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 50

· Egglaying · Exotic pet · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 40 cm3
Mid: 2,750 cm3
Max: 5,500 cm3
Food products
Eggs 3-5
Adult at: 1
Max age: 80-100
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 6
Fat 6
Intestines 1

Raw materials

Bones 4
Skull 1
Shell 1
Skin Scales

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
A tiny shelled reptile that lives in the desert.

Desert tortoises are small creatures found in desert biomes. They spawn individually and do little but wander around aimlessly. They are only slightly bigger than the average cat and will run away when threatened, making them harmless to all but the most unlucky of dwarves. They are one of the few sources of shells in deserts, and the only one when there's no water available.

Desert tortoises can be captured in cage traps and trained into low-value pets. They produce a meager amount of food and bones when butchered, and lay a low number of eggs compared to most domestic poultry. As expected from tortoises, they are quite long-lived, making them long lasting companions for dwarves who adopt them.

Some dwarves like desert tortoises for their shells and their longevity.

Admired for its longevity.