James Cornett from the Desert Sun reminds us, Mojave max isn’t the only one owning the desert. 

This column is about a turtle, not a tortoise. Tortoises live on land. Turtles usually live in water.

Nature enthusiasts residing in the Coachella Valley, and elsewhere in the California deserts, expect to see a tortoise. They do not expect to see a water-loving turtle.

That is why I was surprised, in truth startled, to learn that a turtle lived in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Specifically, I am referring to the western pond turtle (Clemmys marmorata) that lives where no turtle should.

James Cornett from the Desert Sun reminds us, Mojave max isn’t the only one owning the desert. 

This column is about a turtle, not a tortoise. Tortoises live on land. Turtles usually live in water.

Nature enthusiasts residing in the Coachella Valley, and elsewhere in the California deserts, expect to see a tortoise. They do not expect to see a water-loving turtle.

That is why I was surprised, in truth startled, to learn that a turtle lived in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Specifically, I am referring to the western pond turtle (Clemmys marmorata) that lives where no turtle should.