2021 Arizona Desert Tortoise Adoptions

Yvonne G

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Only Arizona residents can adopt though, correct? I’ve been working with my state wildlife permit management to see about adopting one. I don’t need one from my state, but still haven’t figured out federal permits yet.
Desert tortoises belong TO the state they live in. The person who adopts it is only the caregiver, not the owner. Desert tortoises cannot be taken out of their home state.
 

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Desert tortoises belong TO the state they live in. The person who adopts it is only the caregiver, not the owner. Desert tortoises cannot be taken out of their home state.
So if they’re in another state that they’re not native to, can they be adopted?
 

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So if they’re in another state that they’re not native to, can they be adopted?
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So if they’re in another state that they’re not native to, can they be adopted?
People in Indiana cannot adopt desert tortoises that come from California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, etc. because the tortoises belong TO THE STATE and cannot be removed from that state.
 
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