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Best Guesser Meets Mojave Max
Best Guesser Meets Mojave Max


The student who most accurately guessed the time that Mojave Max would emerge met the desert tortoise, during a visit to his habitat Wednesday.

Fourth-grader Kayla Marshall of Gehring Elementary School was joined by her whole class in the visit to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor's Center.

Besides meeting Max, the students got T-shirts and a pizza party. She also received a digital camera, a laptop computer and free year-long pass to federally managed lands.

Kayla missed the actual time that the tortoise would emerge from his burrow by only two minutes. Max left his burrow at 1:45 p.m. March 14. He had been in a state known as brumation, which is the reptile version of hibernation, since the fall.

When the weather warms up and there is more daylight, the tortoise makes his way out of his burrow. It is considered one of the most accurate signs of spring in the Mojave Desert.

The Mojave Max Emergence contest is a partnership between the Clark County School District, Clark County and the Bureau of Land Management. The idea is to teach students about animals that live the southern Nevada's desert.  

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