AZ Game and Fish holding desert tortoise adoptions

They're not furry, but they are friendly, and dozens of orphaned desert tortoises are looking for their forever homes.

- They're not furry, but they are friendly, and dozens of orphaned desert tortoises are looking for their forever homes.

Arizona Game & Fish have more than 80 desert tortoises, and they will be giving them away in less than a month. They're not soft and cuddly, but they could be just as cute and loving.

Experts say they are low maintenance, don't make any noise, and could be a perfect addition to a family. AZ Game & Fish are putting 83 of the tortoises up for adoption in April. They range from a year old up to 70-years-old.

"They're really charismatic animals, they make really good pets, but they live a really long time," said Amy Burnett.

It's not a pet for people scared of long-term commitments, they can live up to 100 years. There are also specific housing requirements. Those interested in adopting a tortoise will need to have an enclosed area of their yard which must include a burrow for the tortoise to escape the extreme temperatures.

"They like to be touched under their chin, on their neck, and some like their head scratched," said Tegan Wolf.

Most of the tortoises are surrenders; some are injured like this one who was hit by a car. He's had a cast on for a year now, but it will come off soon, and he will be ready for adoption.

Each tortoise will be checked out and cleared by a vet before they're adopted. There is no fee to take one of the tortoises home.

"They're not gonna learn tricks, but they are going to recognize you. They seem to recognize people's voices, especially around dinner time," said Burnett.

For more information visit: https://www.azgfd.com/wildlife/nongamemanagement/tortoise/captivecare


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