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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Learn about desert tortoises

    Q. Where can I learn about the desert tortoise?
    A.The Arizona Game and Fish Department has information about captive desert tortoise care. The California Turtle & Tortoise Club web site has a desert tortoise care sheet. At the website Don's Desert Tortoises you can learn about desert tortoise care. You are always welcome to join us at one of our meetings.
  • Meetings open to public

    Q. Are meetings open to the public?
    A. Yes. Our meetings are open to the public, and we welcome guests.
  • Desert tortoise permit

    Q. How can I get a desert tortoise permit?
    A. Please click on our information email link to send your request for a desert tortoise permit. You must include your full physical address and a current photo of the tortoise.
  • Desert tortoise permit cost

    Q. How much does a desert torotise permit cost?
    A. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife Permits are free. But, if you wish to make a donation to the "sick and injured fund" to help unwanted desert tortoises, we will welcome your donation and be most appreciative.
  • Permit for your tortoise

    Q. Will I get in trouble if my tortoise does not currently have a permit, but I want to get one?
    A. Absolutely NOT. Our goal is to get your tortoise legally permitted. There is no penalty for not having previously obtained a permit.
  • My turtle is sick/injured

    I think my turtle is sick or injured. What should I do?
    A. Please get your turtle to a reptile veterinarian immediately. California Turtle & Tortoise Club maintains a list of veterinarians in California that treat reptiles. Visit this page to find a reptile veterinarian in your area.
  • Found a turtle sick/injured

    Q. I found a turtle that is sick or injured. What do I do?
    A. Please get the turtle to a reptile veterinarian immediately. California Turtle & Tortoise Club maintains a list of veterinarians in California that treat reptiles. Visit this page to find a reptile veterinarian in your area.
  • Relinquishment at meetings

    Q. Why can't I bring a turtle to the meeting to turn in?
    A. We do not have a brick-and-mortar facility in which to keep animals turned in for adoption. The animals are temporarily housed with Chapter members who serve as "foster parents" and space is very limited.
  • Aquatic turtles

    Q. Why are you unable to take in aquatic turtles?
    A. We try our best to find homes for aquatic turtles, but we have run out of ponds in which to place them due to the high numbers already turned in. When new ponds become available, we will place aquatics.
  • Jobs with CTTC

    Q. How can I get a job with the California Turtle & Tortoise Club?
    The California Turtle & Tortoise Club is an all-volunteer organization – there are no employees. We always welcome new members who are interested in the work we do and would like to help.
  • Learning about my turtle

    Q. I need to learn more about a new turtle I just got. How can I get help?
    A. Please attend a CTTC meeting as soon as possible. The Valley Chapter meets on the third Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. You can check other chapters' web sites for meeting details. At the meeting you will be able to meet an experienced keeper who can answer your questions.
  • I can't attend meetings

    Q. I can't attend meetings. How can I get help with my new turtle?
    A. There are general care sheets available on the CTTC web site, including care sheets for box turtles, desert tortoises and water turtles. Please view those, and, if a sheet isn't available for your breed of turtle, we recommend the care sheets on Tortoise Trust web site.
  • What species is this turtle?

    Q. I found a turtle and don't know what species it is.
    A.The most commonly kept turtles and tortoises in the California area can be identified from the pictures on the Tortoise Trust Care Page.
  • My question is not answered here

    Q. My question is not answered here. What do I do?
    A. Please click on our General Information link and send us a message. Your question should be answered within 24 to 48 hours.