Yucca Valley, Ca.-Even during this humid summer season, female desert tortoises still comfortable enough to lay their eggs.
The hatchlings peck their way out of a leathery shell, remain underground for several days, and survive by using the nutrients in their egg sack. Once the sack is dried out, they dig approximately ten inches to the surface, where they gorge on what little grasses are left, preparing for their own hibernation in just two more months. Hatchlings born in captivity or in unsafe areas are surrendered to the Joshua Tree Tortoise Rescue to be raised and adopted.
Like any baby, however, they can be a little messy.
Again, this year the Rescue is asking for donations of paper towels, any brand.
Your donations can be dropped off at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce during their business hours.
For more information visit www.deserttortoiserescue.org
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