Desert Tortoise Spotting

I saw a cute little baby desert tortoise today. I saw it as I was riding into town this morning. I use the paved bicycle trail that runs parallel to the highway to get to town every morning and the little tortoise was in the middle of the south bound lane. From a distance I though it may be a rock or coyote droppings. I was just about right over it when I realized what it was. I started braking (I was going fast, so it took some time with my poor brakes) and turned around to make sure. The shell was about 3 inches long and a little less for the width. It looked just like the one on my website here. This makes the second one I’ve ever seen in the wild, the first one was a lot bigger-like a foot diameter or so.

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