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Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise 

 

On July 8, 2013, I stepped out my front door to leave for work and found this little guy sitting on my step!  Seeing this tortoise put me in a good mood--I felt very lucky!  I was late for work and so much wanted to take a picture of him, but didn't have time.  This evening (July 17, 2013), as I got home from work, there he was again on the walk!  I quickly went to the house and got my camera, and shot this video--he gets around pretty fast.  What's strange is that I live in the middle of Albuquerque--it's surprising to find a desert tortoise living in my front yard.  I'm content to leave him alone; he's got lots of plants to hide among, and there's plenty of water.   

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  Photos

This is the cutest picture of the little bugger!  Thanks to my friend and former high school classmate, Tim Sharpe (who sent me a link on tortoises of New Mexico).  This appears to be a Desert Box Turtle--due to its yellow and green markings; this turtle is very common in New Mexico and is especially found in more arid climates.

 

Oops!  I got too close and he pulled everything in. 

 

The tortoise is about four inches in diameter.

 
He gets around pretty quickly.  If you turn your back on him for a few minutes, he will be gone 

 

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