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Tort Tattler – Changes in the Habitat

Friends of Red Rock Canyon

It was such a crazy spring that the first tortoise didn’t come out until mid-March. Usually Betty comes out the first week of February, but she must have been stuck at the back of a burrow. Willie
was the first one out on March 12. Roxie, our five-year-old, two-pound tortoise made it through the

She snuggled up next to Shelby in the deepest burrow. By the beginning of April, all of the tortoises were out.

It didn’t take long for the tortoises to warm up and start eating. Volunteers feed the tortoises
every Wednesday and Saturday morning through the end of September. The tortoises are waiting for us at 8 a.m. when the Visitor Center opens. If the weather is mild, they may take an hour or more to finish eating. If it’s hot, they can clean their plates in half an hour!

Every Monday morning the volunteers soak the tortoises. It’s always fun to see their colorful clean
shells after a soak.

In early June, Chelsea and Sue took Max to the vet for a check-up. Max weighs 15 and a half pounds. The vet examined him and he doesn’t have a bladder stone and is in good health. He was actually good in the car.

Most tortoises think that it very unnatural to go 65 miles an hour!


You may have heard that we are retiring as Tort Team Leads at the end of the season. We’re happy to tell you that Chelsea Conlin will be taking over in October. Chelsea is originally from upstate
New York and lived in Japan and Kentucky before moving to Las Vegas six years ago. You probably already know her as she’s volunteered in the habitat and on other Friends Teams at Red Rock.

We’ll be working together for the rest of the season to make for a seamless transition. The torts won’t even notice!

If you’d like to join the Tort Team, we’re having the last training session of the year in August.

Email us at for more information.

We’ll see you in the habitat!

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