In 2011 we adopted two female Desert Tortoises – Cienega and Shelley – who reside in their very own stone enclosure at La Posta Quemada Ranch. Our youngest tortoise Cienega, born in 1995, is very sociable when she’s out and often assists with our education efforts. Then we have our seasoned grandame Shelley, born in 1970, who is very shy but has a super sweet disposition.
Did you know Desert Tortoises…?
– can survive droughts by storing water in their bladders.
– hibernate in the winter.
– are most active during the rainy monsoon season (July–September).
– have a lifespan of between 50-60 years in the wild and up to 80 years in captivity.
– are protected BY LAW in both Arizona and Nevada.