U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Desert Tortoise Adoption|
Adopting a Mojave desert tortoise in Nevada
(Source: Nevada Department of Wildlife)
For those residing in Nevada wishing to adopt a desert tortoise:
Prior to adopting, the Department of Wildlife recommends reading all of the information available on the two currently official approved adoption programs: Tortoise Group in southern Nevada (www.tortoisegroup.org) and the Reno Tur-toise Club in northern Nevada (www.sierrawave.org/rttc/). The websites provide useful information in care and husbandry of a tortoise, including constructing an appropriate burrow, food and water requirements, and preventing escape. Once a desert tortoise is acquired, it can be officially adopted via the online registration program at: www.tortoisegroup.org/adoption.php.
For those residing outside Nevada wishing to adopt a tortoise in Nevada:
This is not encouraged. There are considerable regulations and restriction when desiring to adopt a desert tortoise from another state, and there are already tortoises available for adoption within each state. The Department encourages those in other states to adopt within their state. Contacts for each state that allows adoptions of desert tortoises are below:
For those residing in Nevada, who currently have a desert tortoise as a pet (custodian):
In Nevada, tortoises that were in captivity on or before Aug. 4, 1989 are exempted from needing approval and or a permit for a desert tortoise; however, custodianship of pet desert tortoises acquired after this date must be formalized through an official adoption program or other method that has been approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). All desert tortoise custodians are encouraged to complete the adoption process for animals they possess as soon as possible. This service is available at www.tortoisegroup.org/adoption.php.
Help us control the number of unwanted captive tortoises. Please do not allow captive tortoises to breed!