Izzy is a desert tortoise who was raised by us since his birth in September 2005. He is in great shape with little to no shell flaws. He has been sterilized, microchipped, and registered in the state of Nevada. The new adoption family will have to register him in their name with the state to claim custodianship. In Nevada, no home may possess more than one adult tortoise and custodians must be adults and residents of Nevada. Izzy would enjoy his life as a solo tortoise. Izzy is a long-term commitment and can live to be 80 to 100 years old. Since it is against the law to release a captured tortoise into the wild, he has no desire to be released. He will require a proper outdoor tortoise habitat, which includes a well-insulated, dry, and healthy underground burrow as well as some roaming space. He will generally exit his burrow when noise is made by clapping hands or knocking on the roof of his burrow. He enjoys soaking in a shallow water bowl during hot summer days, soaking in the sun on more pleasant days, and watching for the back door to open for his next meal. He must be fed a healthy diet and a starter supply of dry tortoise food will be provided (just add water). He loves treats like berries. Izzy likes to sleep (brumate) from late October until early May when the temperatures stay cold enough for him. Right now he is sleeping in a large plastic storage bin with plenty of shredded newspaper and air circulation in a cool closet in the house where there is minimal noise (a garage would be cool enough too). It is common for tortoises to brumate in their burrows.
Reported by: Jeff Wulff