LAS VEGAS -- The Animal Foundation said that it is now offering Desert Tortoises for adoption.
Desert Tortoises are curious and personable outdoor animals that can live 80 to 100 years. They enjoy “helping” in the yard, digging, eating, being with you and your well-trained pets, and even coming inside for short visits, if they’re allowed.
Tortoises will spend 95 percent of their time inside a burrow, cooling off during the summer months and keeping warm in the winter. While tortoises are not a traditional family pet, caregivers can gain an appreciation of desert wildlife by caring for a tortoise and watching its natural behavior.
To adopt a Desert Tortoise, residents must meet with an Adoption Counselor to review the needs of the species before an adoption will be approved.
Potential adopters will be asked to ensure that their home is equipped with the proper necessities to allow a smooth transition for the adopted tortoise, including:
- An outdoor area in the yard a minimum of 600 sq. ft. in size with a large, dry area for a burrow.
- A dry burrow location away from sprinklers, drainage areas, sidewalk runoffs and block walls.
- Nutrient-dense tortoise chow (MegaDiet RF) and plants in the Tortoise’s habitat that he likes to eat (Desert Tortoises are vegetarians, and many of the plants they eat can grow in the yard).
The Animal Foundation will only adopt Desert Tortoises to Nevada residents (Desert Tortoises cannot be taken over state lines without approval from Fish and Wildlife Services). Only one tortoise per household is allowed.
The adoption fee for Desert Tortoises is $75 and includes an implanted microchip.To view adoptable pets online, including Desert Tortoises, visit animalfoundation.com/adopt or visit The Animal Foundation’s Campus Adoption Center at 655 N. Mojave Road in Las Vegas (open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily).-- News release