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Monsoon rains bring out iconic desert tortoise

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Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 10:12 am

The monsoon rains have brought one of the Southwest desert's most iconic creatures from their burrows — the desert tortoise.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says that presents more of an opportunity for human interaction with the slow-moving tortoises.

If you're thinking about taking one of the tortoises home, the department says that's illegal. Officials say most tortoises roam the same small area their entire lives and likely will die if they're moved elsewhere and won't know where to find food and shelter.

It also is illegal to release captive desert tortoises into the wild.

Residents of Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma who are interested in adopting a tortoise can contact the Game and Fish Department.

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