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AZ Game and Fish: Adopt a desert tortoise

Desert tortoises can be interactive and provide companionship without as many demands as a cat or dog. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) Desert tortoises can be interactive and provide companionship without as many demands as a cat or dog. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Game and Fish is opening up registration for its desert tortoise adoption program, as the reptiles awake from their winter sleep.  

According to AZGFD all ages and sizes of desert tortoise are available to approved homes. Adoption application packets and general information can be found here: www.azgfd.gov/tortoise.  

There are a few things that those interested in adopting should have before applying - a secure yard or separate enclosure in the yard that is free from potential hazards like a dog, fire pit, or an un-fenced pool. The enclosed area must also have appropriate shelter for the tortoise to escape the summer sun and cooler winter weather. 

Reptiles available for adoption will be given a checkup before going to their new homes. These reptiles are available only to those living within the species' native range which includes areas around Tucson. For more on the Tucson program click here: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or call (520) 883-3062.

Desert tortoises offer a unique alternative to more traditional family pets and can teach many of the same life lessons to children, including responsibility, compassion and commitment. Contrary to many assumptions, desert tortoises can be interactive and provide companionship without as many demands as a cat or dog.

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