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Applications Being Accepted for AZ Desert Tortoise Adoptions

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Each year, Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) offers residents a chance to adopt a desert tortoise. This year, nearly 100 desert tortoises will awaken to prepare for summer and AZGFD wants to make sure they get into good homes.

This is a unique and relatively rare opportunity to bring an amazing pet into your home (or yard). 

There is no charge to adopt these animals, but adopters must have a securely enclosed yard or a separate enclosure that is free from others pets, unfenced pools and other hazards. You must be a permanent resident of Arizona to qualify because these are tortoises that have to stay in our unique environment.

These tortoises are only available for adoption to residents living within the species’ native range (which includes the Phoenix, Bullhead City, Kingman, Prescott, Lake Havasu, Tucson and Yuma areas).  Each will receive health checks before going to their homes. 

This year, there is a wide range of ages and sizes available for adoption. Here's the scoop...

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Your Guide to Russian Tortoises #ReptileCare

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Not very long ago, we had a turtle named Augustine. Many of you will remember our years with this little guy. We sort of inherited Aug from my dad, who had received him as a gift but didn’t have time to devote to him. Turtles and tortoises are just like any other pet and they require a lot of attention and care. Today, we’re working with Petsmart in getting word out about what makes a good tortoise owner. Aug was a Russian Tortoise (to the best of my knowledge) and normally they live about 50 years. If you’re thinking about getting a Russian Box Tortoise, I have to tell you - I highly recommend it. Augustine was a great pet for many, many years. But if you’re thinking of getting a tortoise, you’ll need to plan on how you can provide for him or her for many years.

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The Variety of Tortoises

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There are dozens of varieties of tortoises and turtles. If this is a pet you've been thinking about acquiring, it's important to bring the right one in for your families personality.

Today we're going to take a look at five of the more common types that might make great options for your family. Each breed (and especially each individual) has different personalities and traits, and each require different types of care. Before adopting a turtle or a tortoise, be sure you're very clear on their specific needs and what type of care each requires (including diet, supplements, type of habitat, humidity levels and basking time).

(Spoiler alert: You will probably be surprised at the level of care required for a happy, healthy turtle!)

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Reptile Quotes

  • "Humanity is actually under the control of dinosaur-like alien reptiles called the Babylon Brotherhood who must consume human blood to maintain their human appearance."
    David Icke
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Reptile Facts

  • Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded, or "ectothermic," animals, which means that they depend on external sources, such as the sun, to maintain their body temperatures.
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