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A new study of desert tortoise populations in the western Mojave Desert shows that the reptiles fare better when they're protected from off-road vehicles and grazing livestock.

A new study of desert tortoise populations in the western Mojave Desert shows that the reptiles fare better when they're protected from off-road vehicles and grazing livestock.

Red-eared Sliders bask in groups on logs, fallen trees, and other objects near water (see photo). What becomes of the turtles when it’s cold? "Reptiles do not hibernate but actually brumate, becoming less active but occasionally rising for food or water. They brumate over the winter at the bottom of ponds or shallow lakes. They become inactive, generally, in October, when temperatures fall below 50 °F (10 °C)."

Red-eared Sliders bask in groups on logs, fallen trees, and other objects near water (see photo). What becomes of the turtles when it’s cold? "Reptiles do not hibernate but actually brumate, becoming less active but occasionally rising for food or water. They brumate over the winter at the bottom of ponds or shallow lakes. They become inactive, generally, in October, when temperatures fall below 50 °F (10 °C)."

spotted turtle, clemmys guttata, having its dinner. I love these gorgeous turtles, would love to have one some day.

spotted turtle, clemmys guttata, having its dinner. I love these gorgeous turtles, would love to have one some day.

Terrapene carolina carolina - Eastern Box Turtle -- Sighted: Goshen N.Y./Catskills

Terrapene carolina carolina - Eastern Box Turtle -- Sighted: Goshen N.Y./Catskills

Sternotherus minor minor | Testudinata.com | Photo Credit : Peter Ford.

Sternotherus minor minor | Testudinata.com | Photo Credit : Peter Ford.

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