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AZ Game and Fish holding desert tortoise adoptions

AZ Game and Fish holding desert tortoise adoptions

Arizona Game & Fish have more than 80 desert tortoises, and they will be giving them away in less than a month. They’re not soft and cuddly, but they could be just as cute and loving.

 Experts say they are low maintenance, don’t make any noise, and could be a perfect addition to a family. AZ Game & Fish are putting 83 of the tortoises up for adoption in April. They range from a year old up to 70-years-old.

« They’re really charismatic animals, they make really good pets, but they live a really long time, » said Amy Burnett.

It’s not a pet for people scared of long-term commitments, they can live up to 100 years. There are also specific housing requirements. Those interested in adopting a tortoise will need to have an enclosed area of their yard which must include a burrow for the tortoise to escape the extreme temperatures.

« They like to be touched under their chin, on their neck, and some like their head scratched, » said Tegan Wolf.

Most of the tortoises are surrenders; some are injured like this one who was hit by a car. He’s had a cast on for a year now, but it will come off soon, and he will be ready for adoption.

Each tortoise will be checked out and cleared by a vet before they’re adopted. There is no fee to take one of the tortoises home.

« They’re not gonna learn tricks, but they are going to recognize you. They seem to recognize people’s voices, especially around dinner time, » said Burnett.
For more information visit: https://www.azgfd.com/wildlife/nongamemanagement/tortoise/captivecare