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.
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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