Blair arrived at RCI in June, 2020. He was found in the Blair Woods Sanctuary, a nature preserve in Austin, TX run by the Travis Audubon Society.

Blair day of arrival

Austin is not a part of the Texas gopher tortoise’s home range, and Blair must have been someone’s pet because he was daubed with blue nail polish. Chris Murray, the curator of the preserve, contacted Parks and Wildlife, and Chris and his wife Julie delivered Blair to RCI. It is difficult to tell when these tortoises are sexually mature, so currently Blair is living in the juvenile pen. As we continue to observe him, if he starts fighting or trying to mate, we will move him to his own male pen. Blair has a unique appearance, with his carapace quite lumpy compared to the other tortoises.