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Humane society seeks good homes for surrendered horned frog, tortoise

Two unusual pets — a horned frog and a large tortoise — are available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in Burlingame, humane society officials said Wednesday.

The male Argentine horned frog named Tequila was found recently in a tank abandoned outside the Burlingame adoption center with a note, while someone surrendered the 4-year-old male sulcata tortoise named Tank after no longer being able to take care of him, PHS/SPCA officials said.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Tequila, a male Argentine horned frog, was recently abandoned outside the Burlingame, Calif. SPCA.

Argentine horned frogs are nicknamed “Pacman frogs” because they have large mouths that encompass most of their bodies, while a sulcata tortoise can weigh up to 110 pounds and live up to 80 years, according to the humane society.

In a news release, PHS/SPCA communications manager Buffy Martin Tarbox said: 

“It’s rare for us to have these types of animals available for adoption since they are not common pets.”  

“This is a special opportunity for people experienced with these species to adopt either a tortoise or frog.”

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in Burlingame, Calif. is hoping to find a permanent home for Tank, a 4-year-old sulcata tortoise surrendered by his owner.

The humane society says the animals require specialized housing and care with owners experienced with the species.

Anyone interested in adopting the frog or tortoise is encouraged to visit the PHS/SPCA adoption center at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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