Arizona Native Turtles
Desert Boxie
Desert Tort - populations in both the Sonoran Desert and the Mojave Desert (the Mojave populations is classified as threatened)
Rio Sonoyta Mud
Sonoyta Mud
Western Painted
Yellow Mud

Applicable Law - Arizona Regulation R12-4-407.1
Desert torts possessed without special license prior to 4/29/89 may be repossessed, transported, and given away. Desert torts may be propagated and progeny may be held in captivity for 24 months after hatching.

Applicable Law - Commission Order 43
Desert torts may not be taken from the wild. The AZ Game & Fish Department lists the desert tort as a "restricted" animal. Desert torts may not be imported into or exported from Arizona. It is also against federal protection law to transport desert torts across state lines.

Possession of desert torts is limited to one tort per person.

It is illegal to release a desert tort into the wild or in the city.

Adoption of desert torts is coordinated by the Adobe Mountain Wildliufe Center in Phoeniz (I will get more info about them). Adoption applications can be found on the state DNR website.

Local, state, and federal agencies have teamed up to for the Arizona Interagency Desert Tort Team (AIDTT), which handles research and management of the Mojave and Sonoran populations. (I will get additional information on this agency as well).

The AIDTT is made up of the following agencies:
Arizona Game & Fish Department
Arizona State Land Department
US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Luke Air Force Base
US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management

AIDTT Website



Arizona Mud Turtle

Kinosternon arizonense

Desert Box Turtle

Terrapene ornata luteola

Desert Tortoise Gopherus agassizii

Sonoita Mud Turtle

Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale

Sonoran Mud Turtle

Kinosternon sonoriense sonoriense

Texas Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera emoryi

Yellow Mud Turtle

Kinosternon flavescens flavescens


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