Desert Tortoise Cold Weather Care. Tortoises maintained in southern Arizona are usually active by April, but in particularly dry years, your tortoise may not emerge until the summer rains begin in July or August.
Care of a Captive 'Desert Tortoise.' You may adopt a desert tortoise if you are a permanent resident of Arizona. This is an excellent and important info for you to read. They can live to be 100 years old. EM
Mojave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is a federally protected species in the U.S. Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in Arizona was established in 1996 to provide the endangered tortoise with a suitable habitat.