Nevada’s favorite desert tortoise has emerged from brumation.
Mojave Max first emerged from his burrow Saturday at 1:28 p.m. According to Clark County, the earliest he has emerged was February 14, 2005 while the latest was April 17, 2012.
Warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours, and his own internal clock are all factors contributing to his emergence every year.
Entries are now being tabulated for the 20th annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest. CCSD students guess when Mojave Max will emerge every year, and the winning student receives prizes like a year-long family membership to the Springs Preserve, a family pass to National Parks & Federal Recreation areas, as well as a laptop computer. The student’s class also wins a field trip to the Springs Preserve, home of Mojave Max.