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Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:02 pm | Updated: 5:40 pm, Tue Apr 26, 2011.

Ever wanted to share your yard with a desert tortoise? Here's your chance. The Phoenix Herpetological Society, 20701 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste 107 PMB 401, Scottsdale, will offer adoption workshops from 8 a.m. to noon May 14 and June 18 for potential adopters.

Desert tortoises can live up to 100 years, growing to be about 15 pounds and hibernating in the winter months. They eat grasses, wildflowers and native cactus fruits.

To adopt one, you must be over 18 years old, reside in the Greater Phoenix area, have a secure enclosure in your yard and a burrow for the tortoise, and pay an adoption fee which includes a microchip, health screening and registration with Game and Fish. Only one desert tortoise is permitted per household.

For more information and an adoption application, visit www.azgfd.gov/tortoise. Once approved, you'll be able to foster tortoises, and you'll be registered to attend a workshop to learn how to properly care for your newest family member.

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