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Mojave Max Emerges from his Burrow
Mojave Max Emerges from his Burrow


A sure sign of spring has emerged in Las Vegas. Mojave Max crawled out of his burrow Tuesday.

The famous desert tortoise came out at 12:41 p.m. That is the latest he has come out of his burrow since 2000. The timing is important because kids from around southern Nevada have entered a contest to predict when the tortoise would emerge. The child with the closest time wins prizes including a T-shirt, a medal and a laptop computer. His or her class also gets prizes including a field trip to Mojave Max’s habitat at the Red Rock Conservation Area.

Like all reptiles, Mojave Max entered his burrow to brumate, which is the reptilian form of hibernation, this winter. When the weather is warm enough, and days are longer, his internal clock is triggered. The earliest he has come out is February 14 in 2005. 

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