Photos by Stephanie Smith of this young wild desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) that she came across while on her daily run this morning. This animal was maybe a thousand feet from our house.
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(And yes, we were careful not to handle, touch or harass the tortoise in any way.)
The desert tortoise is California’s state reptile. Its Mojave population is listed as “threatened.”