Desert tortoise emerges from burrow; Spring now in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The desert tortoise known as Mojave Max has emerged from his burrow, signaling the arrival of spring in Las Vegas.
Max lives in Las Vegas’ Springs Preserve and starts his reptilian hibernation every winter and emerges every spring.
Clark County officials say the tortoise’s awakening signals the start of springlike weather in Southern Nevada.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Max officially emerged from his burrow at 1:28 p.m. Saturday.
The earliest record of him emerging was on February 14, 2005 and the latest on April 17, 2012.
County officials say the winner of the 20th annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest will be announced soon.
Kindergarten to fifth-grade students in the county guess what day Mojave Max will emerge from his burrow after studying the Mojave Desert weather, temperatures and conditions.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com