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Giant desert tortoise

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Giant desert tortoise
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Urist likes giant desert tortoises for their longevity.

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Desert tortoise - Desert tortoise man - Giant desert tortoise

Alignment: Savage

· Exotic mount · Shell

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

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Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 1,735.6 cm3
Mid: 119,322.5 cm3
Max: 238,645 cm3
Food products
Eggs 3-5
Adult at: 1
Max age: 80-100
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 15
Fat 13
Brain 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 19
Skull 1
Shell 1
Skin Scales
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A large monster in the form of a desert tortoise.

Giant desert tortoises are enlarged cousins of the common desert tortoise, found in savage desert biomes. They are far larger than a dwarf, about as heavy as a tiger, but rarely pose any threat to a fortress; like normal tortoises, they are benign and will flee from attackers. They are one of the few sources of shells in deserts, and the only one when there's no water available.

Giant desert tortoises can be captured in cage traps and trained into pets, possessing the standard value of giant creatures. They produce far more returns when butchered than their normal counterparts, but aren't any better at egg-laying. Like normal tortoises, they are very long-lived and serve as good long-term pets for dwarves who adopt them.

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

"I got sand in my shell."