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Desert Tortoises Heading North

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About a month ago, Patty Cwiak of Sparks adopted Tucker. He now lives in her backyard - and Patty couldn't be more thrilled. Over the summer, several dozen desert tortoises are being relocated to Northern Nevada from the Las Vegas area - where many have been displaced. The Tortoise Group of Southern Nevada is looking for good homes to take them in.

Adopting one is not difficult, but desert tortoises are a protected species - so special care needs to be taken to prepare a habitat for them.  First on the list of requirements is a simple burrow - which is essentially a small cavelike structure that protects them from the elements.

"The burrow is the most important thing - and then second to that would be the safety of your yard  - just making sure they can't dig out and they can't tip over."

About seven months out of the year desert tortoises will live in a cardboard box - and hibernate. They like humans and do well with other pets.

Want to learn more? Two workshops will be held this weekend by the tortoise group.  The first will take place this Saturday in Reno from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Humane Society, the second is Sunday in Gardnerville - from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Hall.  

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