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What are three factors that cause the desert tortoise to emerge in the spring?

Warmer temperatures, longer days, and internal clock (instinct)

Mojave Max's Weather InfoThe Weather Influence:  Weather trends and conditions greatly influence species behavior.  Many wild plants and animals are more active in moderate temperatures, less active in very hot temperatures, and go into a state of sleep in very cold temperatures.

The weather also influences how humans behave.  Simple acts such as eating, sleeping, and getting dressed in the morning are affected by the weather.

Weather is also a very important component of the Mojave Max Emergence Contest.  Temperature, daylight, and biology are the three critical factors that determine when Mojave Max will first exit his burrow each year.