(Las Vegas, NV) — Since there aren’t any groundhogs around these parts, Clark County has adopted the desert tortoise as its prognosticator of spring.

Like groundhogs, desert tortoises sleep through the winter. But unlike his east coast counterpart, no one is pulling Mojave Max out of a hole in the ground to see if he sees his shadow or not.

Max wakes up when spring-like weather is upon us, which was at 1:45 yesterday afternoon.

The time is important because of a contest in which students guess the exact date and time they think max will crawl out his underground home at the Red Rock Canyon visitors center.

The winner gets a laptop computer and takes his or her class on a pizza party field trip to see Max in person. Contest organizers are going through thousand of entries to see which student is the winner.


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