A Mojave desert tortoise in a burrow, which is among the items an adopted desert tortoise needs, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The division has close to 20 tortoises currently up for adoption.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Ann McLuckie believes desert tortoises can make for great pets, especially if you’re looking for a companion that doesn’t require a whole lot of work.

“They have their own unique personality,” says McLuckie, a biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. “They will gladly eat the weeds in your backyard and they are fairly independent as long as they have shade and food. They also hibernate for roughly five months out of the year, making them a fairly low-maintenance pet.”

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resource says they have close to 20 tortoises available for adoption this year. Anyone interested in owning a desert tortoise can now apply for the adoption process.

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A wildlife biologist wouldn’t typically talk about making a threatened species a pet — or any wild animal, for that matter. The division routinely pleads with the public to not take wild animals home, usually after there is an incident involving an animal.

But in this case, the desert tortoises up for adoption have already been removed from the wild for one reason or another. The common reason is someone took the animal from the wild illegally. The division reported there …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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