As I got out of the car, I heard a familiar rustling in the bushes. When I went to investigate, I found an unfamiliar creature. At first, from a distance, I thought it was a box turtle, but then I noticed it was not a turtle but a tortoise. The only tortoise we have here is the gopher tortoise, and this was definitely not that, so a quick online search for " tortoise red spots on foot" led me to Red-footed tortoise, a South American tortoise common in the pet trade. So, obviously he should not be out here. I put him in the car and left. Later, I had the opportunity to give him to a science teacher/ herpetologist. He said it was a good thing I took him out of the wild because he would have frozen to death over the winter. Just another reason why pets should not be released into parks.
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