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The kid and I were driving back from Joshua Tree National Park last week and decided to explore a side road that abuts the Bighorn Wilderness, which is managed by the BLM and USFS.  On the way back down in a little side wash we saw a huge desert tortoise :)  













He, or she, was munchin on some tidy tip flowers when we first saw it.  When we got close it retreated into its shell - a little shy.  Then it crawled under a creosote bush and we had a tailgate picnic lunch.  Then it crawled around the bush and headed down the wash.

This is only the third tortoise I've seen in the wild, and the biggest.  Saw one at Saguaro National Park last year, and one at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area in 2010.


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That's awesome - nice find!
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We explored and stayed the night in a remote corner of the park that nobody but maybe a few locals seem to know about.  We didn't see a single person out there!  But we saw lots of wildlife and wildflowers.  

We also visited the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve which had some whole hillsides of flowers blooming.  















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Totally cool!  We have seen tortoises I think three times, all in J-Tree.  They are the coolest!  Mostly they've ignored us, but the first time, when the boys were very small, the critter kept approaching--I think it wanted the shade the boys cast.

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Neat!

Tarol you take the coolest little trips with your son.  I'm willing to be adopted...  :D


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Interesting fellow. Nice you got to meet him.

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Such vulnerable lovable animals in this modern age.  The tortoises need our legal protections from the less considerate among humans who have ruined so much of their environments.  Nice to see how many species in the deserts continue to bloom after such little rain.  Thanks for the pictures.

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Cool critter.

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They are very cool - prehistoric looking.  They spend 95% of their time in their burrows, so catching a glimpse of one is special.

The tortoise we saw in 2010 kept approaching us - she was used to people.  But this old guy was much more shy.  I'm assuming it was male - it was quite a bit bigger than the female we saw in 2010.  

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Neat!

Tarol you take the coolest little trips with your son.  I'm willing to be adopted...  :D

lol, you're welcome to come along!

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I wonder how old he is.......I bet he is older than I am.

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Raz, I have shoes older than you are!  Maybe even some hiking boots.   :)

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 I'm assuming it was male

Yeah, I think it's a boy.  The protrusion at the front of the plastron is much more prominent on the males vs females.

He looks like a big one !


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If a WWII helmet grew legs, that's about what I suspect it would look like...

Most excellent pictures ma'am, thank you for sharing them.


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lol

My dad asked me what color it was and I said Army green :)


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