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Titanic tortoises from New York settling in at Oregon Zoo

Posted: Updated: Jun 23, 2016 04:11 PM
A pair of African spurred tortoises arrived at the Oregon Zoo from New York's Seneca Zoo. (Photo: Oregon Zoo) A pair of African spurred tortoises arrived at the Oregon Zoo from New York's Seneca Zoo. (Photo: Oregon Zoo)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A pair of titanic tortoises are settling in at their new home at the Oregon Zoo.

The African spurred tortoises arrived at the Oregon Zoo from New York's Seneca Park Zoo. They are between 25 to 30 years old.

Dozer, short for Bulldozer, is a 170-pound male, while Shelly, a female, is 90 pounds.

They can be seen most days in the zoo's Africa Savanna section.

Zoo officials warn against acquiring African spurred tortoises as pets, even though they are bred and sold in the U.S.

The tortoises are often sold as babies, but they get very large very quickly and can top 200 pounds. They also live 50 years or more.  

"Most people are not able to make a lifelong commitment to their care, and rescue agencies are overwhelmed trying to find new homes for those that have been abandoned," said Shelly Pettit, the Oregon Zoo's keeper for reptiles and amphibians.

African spurred tortoises are listed as a "vulnerable" species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In addition to collection for the pet trade, the tortoises are threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their shells and other body parts.

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