Yesterday at our Prefab Homesteader Cabin property… Our friend and herpetologist Kelly Herbinson says: “Looks like a male blocking a female in her burrow. Sometimes they even just sit sideways in the burrow entrance so no other tortoises can get … Continue reading
The following photographs and video of this healthy, wild juvenile desert tortoise were made by our guest Emily Curry on Sunday morning, May 3, at our unfenced Midcentury Prefab Homesteader Cabin in north Joshua Tree (cabin rental info here). We’ve … Continue reading
This morning marked the first time I’ve ever pulled over to help a tortoise across the (dirt) road. Very big dude. I could see from his print trail that he’d already tried a few other times to get up the … Continue reading
Abnormally warm winter weather for the last few weeks means some repiles have started coming up above ground to move around earlier than usual — including this adult wild desert tortoise I saw last Friday morning at the farm, near what … Continue reading
We rescued a baby tortoise today at the farm. More
Vincent, is that you? Hard to say which local desert tortoise this is, but whoever it is, they’re tucked in nicely to a burrow on our green cabin’s land, up the bajada from the wash. This photograph was taken Friday … Continue reading
Bug the Cat sniffs a local tortoise. It was a peaceful encounter. Photograph by Angela de la Agua.
Following on from previous post on this tortoise battle that we witnessed… All photos by Stephanie Smith. Click each to enlarge.
We have a winner. Photo by Stephanie Smith Stephanie was doing her daily early morning run route through the wash on Wednesday when she came across two desert tortoises fighting, about a quarter-mile from our house. We’ve seen several tortoises … Continue reading