Who needs a groundhog when you’ve got Mojave Max!? 

(source: news 3 las vegas)

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Groundhog Day is over, and the furry guy predicts an early spring, but the desert has its own version of this annual event, and it’s hosted by a not- so-furry mascot.

Mojave Max, a desert tortoise who lives at Springs Preserve, has been marking the beginning of spring and teaching students about desert conservation for over 20 years.

Every fall, when the weather cools off, Max goes into a reptile version of hibernation, called brumation, by entering his burrow and staying there until the weather begins to warm up.

To make his eventual emergence even more exciting, the Clark County Desert Conservation Program organizes a contest for students from kindergarten to fifth grade, giving them the chance to win prizes if they can guess when Mojave Max will come out of his burrow.

While of course, we love our furry groundhog friends, we think Mojave Max is the one that really knows what’s up.  Lets make some guesses as to when he’ll emerge this year? Winner gets a certificate of turtpocalypse awesomeness! What’d ya think?? 

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