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Endangered Tortoises Up For Adoption In Utah

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah -

The Mojave Desert is home to thousands of desert tortoises, but the "Adopt A Tortoise" program makes it possible to have your very own tortoise.

The program places dozens of tortoises in homes every year after the tortoises have been submitted to captivity.

"We don't want captive animals to go into native populations," said Ann McLuckie, DWR Desert Tortoise Biologist. "They could spread disease, they might have the upper respiratory track disease, which is a disease that can basically kill an animal over the long term."

Once the tortoises go into captivity, they cannot go back into the desert because they lose their ability to cope in such extreme desert conditions. That's why there is a need to adopt those 40 or so little creatures permanently.

The original story was reported here, and additional info on adoption can be found here. If you adopt a tortoise, you may want a yard finder so you don't lose track of it.

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