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Turtle, tortoise day at the library

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Cary Larsen, Carson Valley resident and member of the Reno Turtle and Tortoise Club, will speak about the Adopt-a-Tortoise program at the Douglas County Public Library, July 1, at 4 p.m.

She will display two desert tortoises, a South American turtle and an Eastern Box turtle. Larsen will explain the importance of adopting Nevada’s state reptile, the desert tortoise, which is on the Federal Endangered Species List. Development in Clark County is destroying the natural habitate of the desert tortoise. Stress and depletion of resources causes the creatures to die.

The adoption program applies to residents of Nevada only and adoption is free. In order to adopt a tortoise, a person must have a dig proof and tortoise-safe yard, all which would cost less than $50 to fix up. Tortoises may be adopted at any size and generally live 50-70 years.

Families who have a tortoise or turtle are invited to take them to the library for a hands-on experience that day. Carol Slavik, children’s librarian, will provide Buttercup, a box turtle and winner of last year’s turtle race, for kids to see. All ages are invited to this informative and hands-on experience, she said.

For more information, contact Slavik at the Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane in MInden; 782-9841.

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