Back to DTC homepage ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT DESERT TORTOISES:
A GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH THE PUBLIC
Kristin H. Berry & Timothy Duck
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CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
APPENDIX 1
APPENDIX 2
APPENDIX 3

Organizations with Expertise on
Desert Tortoises in Nevada

Tortoise Group | Reno TurToise Club

TORTOISE GROUP

TORTOISE GROUP, a Las Vegas-based organization, emphasizes responsible care of legally-held pet tortoises and protection of wild desert tortoises. This organization achieved non-profit status in 1982 and has three objectives: (1) to provide adoption services for unwanted or displaced pet tortoises; (2) to promote responsible attitudes and actions by providing information and educational programs for the public; and (3) to discourage unauthorized collections of wild tortoises and the release of pets. From 1989 to 2003, Tortoise Group participated in development of the Clark County Habitat Conservation Plan. A representative continues to take part in conservation efforts that are implemented under what is now the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Program through education programs. Independent efforts by Tortoise Group members emphasize teaching children through school programs. Tortoise Group volunteers provide adoption services for unwanted or escaped captive tortoises and visit homes of families who have pet tortoises and want to improve their living conditions. The website provides over 20 sheets on care (listed below), a handbook, and other valuable information for owners of captive tortoises.

Desert tortoise with Megadiet

Captive desert tortoises fed Megadiet thrive. The specially formulated diet for tortoises contains all necessary nutrients for a healthy animal and can be obtained from Tortoise Group.
Photograph by Betty L. Burge.

One of Tortoise Group’s successful programs is providing a complete tortoise chow, which is made by Zeigler Brothers. It is called Megadiet; Dr. Olav Oftedal was influential in developing the formula for this complete diet. Tortoise Group members have used it since the early 1990 and it produces healthy, well-formed tortoises (no pyramidal shells). Common vegetables or other supplements are unnecessary when MegaDiet is used.

The Tortoise Group presents monthly programs with guest speakers for the general public, provides speakers for school classes and other interested groups, and distributes a newsletter. it meets at 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month (February through September) at the Nevada State Museum in Lorenzi Park, Las Vegas.

A list of information sheets, available at the website, is shown below.
# 1 Avoiding Crowding and Planning for Compatibility Among Your Tortoises
# 2 Determining the Age and Sex of Your Desert Tortoise
# 3 Measuring Tortoise Size and How Tortoises Grow
# 4 Comparison of Nutrient Value in Foods, Feeding Dos and Don'ts
# 5 Marking Your Tortoise
# 6 The North American Box Turtle - How to Care for it in the Las Vegas Area
# 7 Transporting Tortoises Short Distances by Vehicle
# 8 An Alternative Design for an Underground Burrow (where soil is very loose)
# 9 Considering Using PVC Pipe for Tortoise Burrows? Read this first
#10 The Aboveground Burrow
#11 Keeping Records of Tortoise Behavior and Growth
#12 Planting Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus for Your Tortoise
#13 Transplanting Dandelions for Your Tortoise
#14 Burrows for Hatchlings and Juveniles up to 3 1/2 inches Shell Length
#15 Alternative Location for Hibernation When an Outdoor Burrow is Not Available
#16 Water Pavilion Construction
#17 Temporary Indoor Housing
#18 Ticks on Tortoises
#19 Growing Dandelions from Seed
#20 Tortoises In The Classroom; Concerns and Alternatives
#21 Plants To Grow For Tortoises
#22 Making A Gate Barrier
#23 Why Not Release Helium Balloons
#24 Area Veterinarians With Tortoise Experience
#25 Treatment Of Drowning In Tortoises
#26 Cal Zoo's Reptile Associated Salmonella FAQ.

For information on membership and other topics, call or write to:
Tortoise Group
5157 Poncho Circle
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 739-8043
Email: tortoisegroup@att.net
http://www.tortoisegroup.org


RENO TUR-TOISE CLUB

RENO TUR-TOISE CLUB was organized in 1991 and has members from throughout the country. Most members are in northern Nevada. The purpose of the Club is to find homes for tortoises and turtles of all kinds. In recent years, most of the tortoises placed for adoption have come from construction areas in southern Nevada. In addition to adoptions, the Club also provides rescue and infirmary services for sick and injured turtles and tortoises. Members distribute a newsletter, Tur-Toise Tales, provide educational materials to the public on the plight of the desert tortoise and other species of turtles and tortoises, offer programs to schools and libraries, and assist with the conservation of all chelonians in wild habitats. The Club meets April-November, 3rd or 4th Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at North Valley's Library, exit 73, Highway 395 North in Reno, Nevada.

For information on membership and other topics, call or write to:
Reno Tur-Toise Club
P.O. Box 8783
Reno, NV 89507
(775) 972-8532
Email: TortoiseQn@aol.com
http://www.sierrawave.com/rttc/index.htm

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