The Desert Tortoise has been the official state reptile since 1972. This herbivore, which has existed almost unchanged for millions of years, is an endangered species and lives in California’s southeastern deserts.
Supplies needed: Green construction paper, googly eyes, black marker, glue, scissors, and some kind of container with a lid (cosmetic container, plastic jar, egg cartons, etc.) Be creative!
- Glue green construction paper around your jar/container. Make sure you don’t cover the top so that it can be opened. You can also use paint if it’s easier. This is the tortoise’s shell!
- Let that dry for a couple minutes so that the shell doesn’t slip off.
- While it is drying, cut out a piece of green paper that is shaped like a tortoise’s head. Also, cut out some smaller pieces that would make the legs! If you want a little tail, cut that out too!
- After your shell is dry, flip it upside down and glue the legs and head on.
- Flip it back so the lid is on top. You can now draw/glue on your eyes.
You have now completed your state reptile, the tortoise! (If you really like making the tortoise, you can take your empty egg cartons and make a whole family of them!!)