Two 50-year-old desert tortoises need a new home – East Bay Times – California News

Two 50-year-old desert tortoises need a new home – East Bay Times – California News

DEAR JOAN: We have two female desert tortoises and a box turtle that we have had for more than 50 years. It is getting to be a chore to take care of them properly as we age.

Do you know of a zoo or place that would like to have them?

Edna A., Bay Area

DEAR EDNA: Finding new homes for desert tortoises can be tricky as they are a protected species and may not be sold or taken from the wild. Those who own the tortoises can, however, gift them to someone else. As the tortoises live an average of 50 to 80 years, you want to make sure whomever takes them knows how to care for them.

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