1973: Tortoise in the NJPB

Pan

Explorer
Jul 4, 2011
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Photo came out a little darker and harder to see on here than on the original. He's tucked up in his shell. Are they still around?
 

Pan

Explorer
Jul 4, 2011
379
69
28
Arizona
yes they are still around.they are fairly common in fresh water bogs and ponds.

They're doing better than the Arizona (where I now live) desert tortoise. I used to see them back in the 70's and 80's but never any more. They are now considered a threatened species. I used to see a lot more wildlife when I went hiking in the desert back then than I do now - gila monsters, tarantulas, snakes...but contrary to popular belief the biggest scariest rattlers I've seen were not in Arizona but in New York State, and NJ had plenty too...though one did bite me in California near Death Valley.