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Tortoise Found On Hawaii Man’s Driveway

An Oahu man found a tortoise in his driveway in a Kaneohe neighborhood and in spite of calls to the Honolulu Zoo, the Department of Land and Natu

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An Oahu man found a tortoise in his driveway in a Kaneohe neighborhood and in spite of calls to the Honolulu Zoo, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, no entity was initially willing to take the chelonian in. 


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After the local news media reported the story, the Hawaiian Humane Society said it would take the tortoise in, but in the meantime, on the KHON2 website, a person purported to be the owner says that the tortoise wandered out of her yard and was reported missing to the Humane Society in November. Crystal B says it is her tortoise, Mortimer, and noticed that its shell is showing signs of pyramiding. 

While Hawaii has strict rules regarding the importing of reptiles into the state, all species in the genus Geochelone are allowed, provided proper permits are acquired. Hopefully, This is a reminder for those with large tortoises to ensure that your tortoise doesn’t escape your yard. 


John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a kingsnake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 

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