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Tortoise (not a turtle) stumps park officials with Texas beach trip


Wait a second... you’re not a sea turtle.

A video of a lone, possibly lost, but characteristically slow and steady tortoise wandering the beach at Texas’ Mustang Island was shared to the park’s Facebook page earlier this week.

The video was captured by a park visitor who questioned what the little guy was doing so far from his preferred habitat of “dry scrub and grasslands,” the Houston Chronicle reports.

You can watch the video below:

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas tortoise can be found in the southernmost regions of the state into Mexico. They cannot, however, swim.

Take this as your official warning, beachgoers. You might be tempted to return tortoises you see on the beach to the sea, but should not because that is not where they came from.

Some easy ways to tell the two apart are their shell shape (tortoises have a heavy dome-shaped shell, while turtles’ shells are more flat and streamlined), or their feet (sea turtles’ feet are webbed).

So what is a tortoise doing on the beach? The park’s Facebook page was just as stumped as commentors who speculated that he was just looking to relax. 

“Sometimes you just need a walk on the beach to clear your head,” one user commented

Or your shell. 


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