Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Desert Tortoise At Turkey Mesa

Good morning to all my fine readers out there in this land of beauty.

We have been parked here at "Turkey Mesa" for a few days.  Jeff (he was at Bouse also) parked not far away.  He had the horse trailer fixed into a type of fifth wheel rig.  He is heading Idaho now.

For Happy Hour we were setting out in front of our rig when we had a visitor drop by. He is a "Desert Tortoise".  He was a friendly visitor. He is now on his way to who knows where.

The "Desert Tortoise" has a carapace domed,is brown .  Each scute has grooved concentric rings, a raise center of scute yellowish or orange.  Head is rounded,buff, with black scales.  The front limbs are flatter for digging.  The rear limbs are round , tail is very short.
Moves very slowly.  Takes 15-20 years to reach maturity.  Populations has been reduced due to easy capture and road kill.
They move late afternoon or early morning.  They are found in the deserts of Mojave or the Colorado
of Arizona or Nevada.

Lunch time.  Kitfoxgal

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