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Sulcata Found Wandering The Streets Rescued Minutes Before Euthanization

A Sulcata tortoise found wandering the streets of Columbus, Ohio was minutes away from being euthanized when Dave “The Snake Guy” Sagan came to the rescue. The neglected and deformed 40-pound tortoise was taken to an Ohio wildlife event where the Hocking Valley Nature Center director just happened to be in attendance. Since Sulcatas are not native to Ohio, wildlife officials would have been forced to euthanize abandoned exotic animal.

Reptile rescues are few and far between in Ohio. The ones which do exist try extremely hard to help all unwanted exotic pets but are typically already full of discarded animals. Sagan, who is well-known for his snake and reptile educational events, stepped in to save the Sulcata.

Sagan, who is often referred to as the Jack Hanna of the reptile world, had this to say during an interview with The Inquisitr:

“He was literally two minutes from being put down. I was just in the right place at the right time. We are in the process of completing an outdoor turtle garden, so he could roam there while the weather permitted during the day, but housing him at night and throughout the winter was going to be a major hurdle. I looked down at the Sulcata and said, what the h**l am I going to do with you?”

The Hocking College professor went to Fish Stuff, a local pet store, in search of massive amounts of Mazuri to feed the gentle giant. Several days later, when my husband Bobby went into the store for Mazuri to feed our rescued Sulcatas, the owner told him they had sold out to Sagan, who was in dire need of a good home for the abandoned tortoise.

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After several days of discussion about being able to adapt our indoor habitat to suit such a large male tort, we contacted Sagan and agreed to give the Sulcata a forever home. My tender-hearted husband reminded me that we can’t save them all. But he considered it fate that he walked into the pet store we had never gone to for Mazuri and was asked about giving Sagan’s tort a new home.

When my daughter Brea and I went to pick him up at the college, we were quite surprised about his condition. His shell was severely “pyramided” and had started to flatten in the back. People who see the adorable and tiny Sulcata hatchlings at pet stores are unfortunately often ignorant about proper husbandry practices and can get poor advice from the staff.

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