Speedy the tortoise reunited with owner in Miami Gardens

40-pound sulcata tortoise was missing since Friday

By Samantha Bryant - Reporter

MIAMI GARDENS - Speedy, a sulcata tortoise who had been missing from his home at Northwest 143rd Street and Garden Drive in Miami Gardens since Friday morning, was found and reunited with his owner on Tuesday.

The tortoise was only six houses down from his owner's home.

Speedy weighs about 40 pounds and has been with the family since he was about 6 months old.

The tortoises top out anywhere between 80 to 110 pounds and can live 70-plus years in captivity, Dr. Lianne McLeod, a veterinarian and epidemiologist, writes on TheSprucePets.com.

The tortoise originates from Central Africa and is known for its tendency for burrowing.

Pet owners, writes McLeod, should have sturdy fences dug deep into the ground to avoid the tortoise escaping from an enclosure by digging under it. 


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