Monday, April 01, 2019

Desert Tortoises Awakening in Spring

Can you imagine not taking a drink of water for four months?

The desert tortoises have just emerged from their winter sleep. Sitting in a puddle of sun-warmed water is obviously a welcome moment of renewal.

They dug down into the earth in late November, when the world was dry, brown, and brittle. They've awoken into a landscape of lush green and flowers. They all seem a bit dazzled by the brilliant colors.
Lady Banks rose
Western redbud bursts into bloom
Video of desert tortoise taking a long first spring drink
More on desert tortoises drinking
More on turtle adaptations

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