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Wayward tortoise found in Coventry

August 19, 2018

COVENTRY — The Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police are looking to return a wayward tortoise to its rightful owners after the shelled reptile was spotted at a local residence on Saturday.

In a post made Sunday on its Facebook page, the enrvironmental conservation police reported that officers responded Saturday to a report that someone in Coventry found an African Spurred Tortoise in their yard. According to the San Diego Zoo web site, the tortoise is the largest mainland tortoise, reaching up to 30 inches in length and more than 100 pounds in weight.

Some males can weigh up to 200 pounds. They tortoises are popular pets and are legal to own in Connecticut. “We are hoping it just escaped and the owners are looking for it,” the police post read. “If anyone has information or is searching for their pet please message us” at m.me/CTEnConPolice.

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