Desert tortoises up for adoption from Arizona Game and Fish Department

Posted: 7:31 AM, Mar 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-13 10:41:12-04

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is hoping to get dozens of tortoises into new homes. 

It's illegal to remove a desert tortoise from the wild, however, there is a surplus of captive tortoises in the state right now.

If you're interested in adopting, there are some things to consider first -- like how they can live up to 100 years. 

Before you make a decision, check the Game and Fish website to make sure you have the proper shelter and resources . The website also offers an adoption application. 

Arizona Game and Fish officials say the tortoises do best with some room to roam and a burrow habitat. 

Tortoise adoption is free.