Desert Tortoises Available for Adoption Throughout Nevada

By: Millie Warren Email
By: Millie Warren Email
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LAS VEGAS, NV - Remember the desert tortoises at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Clark County? These desert tortoises are now available for adoption.

The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) in Clark County is facing funding shortages and has an overabundance of pet desert tortoises. There are a number of desert tortoises at the DTCC that cannot be translocated to the wild; as a result, those living in Northern Nevada can adopt one as a pet, according to an official with DTCC.

NDOW Southern Region staff will be making trips to Reno to deliver tortoises to the Reno Tur-toise Club. Trips to Winnemucca, Elko and Ely will also be scheduled, according to an official with DTCC.

Those thinking of adopting a desert tortoise will need to know what is needed to maintain a desert tortoise.

As the temperatures drop during the winter, the tortoise will need to be kept indoors in a cool place. It is recommended to have a burrow that allows the tortoise to regulate its body temperature, and a fence that prevents escape. Their diet consists of grasses, forbs, and flowers, according to an official with DTCC.

The lifespan of the desert tortoise can range up to or more than 50 years, according to an official with DTCC.

Those considering adopting a tortoise can contact Cris Tomlinson at or Jason Jones at or by calling 702-486-5127.

NDOW’s current regulation allows the possession of only one pet desert tortoise per household as of May 1, 2013 to help deal with the over breeding of pet tortoises, according to an official with DTCC.

DTCC officials say an adopted tortoise must be registered with the Tortoise Group.

For information on caring for a tortoise, visit the Tortoise Group and the Reno Tur-toise Club via the links provided.

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