Tortuga Island, Baja California Sur

Isla Tortuga (Tortuga Island) is an island in the Gulf of California, created relatively recently in geologic terms by the volcanism associated with the East Pacific Rise. It lies east-northeast of the city of Santa Rosalía, in Mulegé Municipality. It has a surface area of 11.374 km2 (4.39 sq mi).[1]

Isla Tortuga
Isla Tortuga is located in Mexico
Isla Tortuga
Isla Tortuga
LocationGulf of California
Coordinates27°26′42″N 111°52′51″W / 27.44500°N 111.88083°W / 27.44500; -111.88083
StateBaja California Sur


The Tortuga Island rattlesnake (Crotalus tortugensis) is a species endemic to Isla Tortuga — it is found nowhere else. It is very abundant on the island and found everywhere on the island, except in the caldera of the volcano.[2]


  1. ^ INEGI: Superficie continental e insular del territorio nacional Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish).
  2. ^ Frost DR (2007). "Crotalus tortugensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2007: e.T64336A12771629. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T64336A12771629.en. Retrieved 10 January 2018.

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