Monday, September 15, 2014

MIni Tort Report

Photos by Ned Harris 9/7/2014

Very possibly hatched this year, this tiny Sonoran Desert Tortoise is helpfully hanging out on a none-too-fresh prickly pear pad. (The pads on this species are about the size of a spread-out, non-professional-basketball-playing adult's hand.)

Look, mom! I'm a model.

My best side

According to the link above:

[The Sonoran Desert Tortoise] mates from June through early August and lays a single clutch of up to 12 eggs the following June or July. The eggs are usually buried inside the burrow. (emphasis mine)

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