Maxine has Emerged from brumation!
Mojave Maxine, the desert tortoise at The Living Desert, emerged from brumation (reptilian hibernation) at 8:38 am on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. It seems that spring is here and early according to Maxine!
A big thank you to everyone who entered our Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest; we had over 1,900 entries! The contest is now closed, and we will be contacting the winning students in the nine southern California counties through their teachers in the coming weeks. Thanks, and remember to enter the Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest again next year! Maxine can be found in her exhibit in The Living Desert’s Mojave Desert Garden exhibit.
Brumation is how desert tortoises and other desert reptiles survive the cold winters – they sleep through them in their insulated, underground burrows. Maxine and her desert tortoise roommates typically enter brumation around Thanksgiving. Their bodies know when to go to sleep based on the outside temperatures and the change in daylight hours. Students (K-12) in nine southern California counties have the opportunity to guess when Maxine will emerge from brumation in the spring through The Living Desert’s Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest. The winning student who guesses closest to the day and time of her emergence in each of the nine southern California counties will receive gift certificates for themselves and their teachers, t-shirts for their entire class, and a visit from a live desert tortoise! This year, over 1,900 students participated in our contest – and we hope to see that number increase next year!