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27 April 2009 @ 07:50 pm
California's state reptile  
Yes, there is such a thing as California's state reptile. It is the amazing Desert Tortoise. I was hoping to see one on my previous trips to and through the Mojave, but it turned out I had to wait for the right time of the year to make the trip to see this wonderful creature. Desert Tortoise Natural Area is probably the best place to see them. There are a few short trails - trails beside burrows, and trails beside washes and flowers - which are good bets to find one. And I did find one there, just after I had given up on seeing one after more than a couple of hours of hiking in the desert sun!


The tortoise and its burrow. Apparently, they spend 95% of their lives in the burrow!

And off to sleep perhaps as the sun goes down in the Mojave.

purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on April 28th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Soooo cute it looks! (And it has its nose + nostrils in the air!)

Edited at 2009-04-28 03:18 am (UTC)
kejnkejn on April 28th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
aww, i spend 95% of my life in my burrow too! :)
depontideponti on April 28th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Lovely birthday gift that was!

Oh...Federal Burrow of Investigation?!
raviksraviks on April 28th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
"Federal Burrow of Investigation" - Lol
dr_koolaimzzdakini_bones on April 28th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
They are so adorable!
and gentle...
Rafkoorafkoo on April 28th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
One learns all his life.

I've never heard about desert tortoise before.

Lucky you ! (to spot it)
talekotaleko on April 28th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)

Hello, tortoise! :))

It's nice!
Mel: Heronkendokamel on April 28th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
I'd spend 90% of my time underground, too, if I lived in Death Valley... (;
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on April 28th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hello there!

Very nice shot! :)
Seal: sweetsealwhiskers on April 28th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
What a complete cutie!!!
Subodhsubodhs on April 28th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hello Tortoise but
tis about time you start spending your b'day with chickENs