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Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

— James Bryant Conant

desert tortoise (1 of 1) blogSonoran Desert Tortoise (Sabino Canyon) — Image by kenne

The Sonoran Desert Tortoise is a large terrestrial turtle with a rough, keelless carapace that is gray to orange-brown, the plastron is not hinged, the hind limbs are elephantine, the front feet are shovel-like, and a prominent median projection extends forward from the front of the plastron (gular shield). For more than three decades, the Sonoran Desert Tortoise has been the subject of considerable conservation planning and action, much of which was adapted from conservation of the Mojave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), a species listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. 

In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the Sonoran Desert Tortoise warranted listing as a threatened or endangered species.  Since that time it has been a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. (Source: Tucson Herpetological Society)

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Desert Tortoise In Our Courtyard

Desert Tortoise In Our Courtyard

Most of the time he is underground or under the courtyard ground cover.
Most of the time he is underground or under the courtyard ground cover.

Lately he has been wanted out of the courtyard area.

Lately he has wanted out of the courtyard area.

He is getting bored -- it is mating season.

He is getting bored — it is mating season.

He had made several attempt to get out, that I'm aware of.

He had made several attempt to get out, that I’m aware of.

Often with this result -- not to worry, he can right himself up.

Often with this result — not to worry, he can right himself up.

Life Goes Go — Images by kenne

Desert Tortoise
 
The Desert Tortoise is Dying out,
When I hear about their history I want to cry and shout,
Off-road vehicles are driven through their home,
To look for a new one they have to roam,
Their habitats have been destroyed,
I think the tortoises are sad and annoyed,
Even though the desert looks lifeless,
There are animals out there that are helpless,
If they die others will too,
Because living things are connected like paper and glue,
Everything in this world is linked,
So we need to help them before they’re extinct.

— Lynne Chen
(Lynne is a teenager whose dream job is to be an author and a pediatrician.)
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