Desert Tortoise 'Mojave Max' Emerges From SlumberLocal officials say they see a sign of spring in southern Nevada with the emergence of a desert tortoise from a winter form of hibernation in an enclosure at a federal preserve outside Las Vegas.
Mojave Max Wakes UpDesert tortoise is southwestern US answer to Punxsutawney Phil
A Different Spring PrognosticatorDesert tortoise said to be better representative of southwestern US weather
Mojave Max Predicts Spring Is HereSince there aren't any groundhogs around these parts, Clark County has adopted the desert tortoise as its prognosticator of spring.
Move Over Punxsutawney Phil With the rest of the nation focused on whether a Pennsylvania groundhog sees his shadow, Las Vegas-area schoolchildren are beginning an annual watch for a desert tortoise named Mojave Max.

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