Sunday, September 23, 2012

Desert Tortoise

Photos by Matt Ball 9/22/2012

We saw this medium-sized Sonoran Desert Tortoise on the Phoneline trail. (Too small to be the legendary Phoneline Phil; and there's no dent in the shell.) A reminder to everyone: never pick up a Desert Tortoise. They store water in their bladder and will pee all over you if disturbed. That can be a death sentence if they can't get to water quickly. Given that they live in the desert and are not known for speed...

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