Help! Lost Leopard Tortoise

Feral

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My leopard tortoise Moses disappeared from my fenced in yard last Friday (a branch knocked out a part of it and I didn't realize til too late). He's about 12" long, so not exactly hard to spot! I've searched the neighborhood, but unfortunately, my property backs up into 51 acres of woods and trails. I've searched the immediate area several times and walked the trails calling for him. It's rough terrain but in several places it empties into pastures and horse trails. I've posted missing flyers all over the neighborhood and trails, posted on Facebook and Next Door (no sign of Moses but plenty of pics of snapping turtles posted in the comments of a pic of him smh), let Animal Control and the local wildlife conservation center know... I'm at a loss of what to do. I've had several days to dedicate to finding him because of the stay at home order, but that's lifting and I'm heading back to work this weekend.

Does anyone have any other ideas? So far, my attempts to understand tortoise psychology and guess at where he could be have been fruitless.
 

wellington

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Let local vets and animal rescues know too.
Look first thing in the mornings when the sun comes out. He will want to warm up from the cooler night.
Good luck and always keep looking. Most are usually found.
 

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If there are children in the area, get them to help look. Offer a reward of some kind. Kids have found several lost tortoises on this forum.

Also, put out food and water for him. And keep checking the fence. Sometimes they come back and try to get in.
 

Maro2Bear

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Sorry to hear of the great escape! ☹ With 51 acres of North Carolina woods & brush to play in & hide & forage you really have an unfortunate uphill task. The one good thing is Summertime heat & humidity are in your favor — so hopefully someone might stumble upon your Leopard.
 

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Kids have a knack for finding things for sure! Especially if there is a reward. Definitely let the vets and all that know too like he said. Every avenue helps!

I'm so sorry, this is a horrible situation. I will cross my fingers and hope!
 

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Look in the mornings and after it rains. Focus on tall grass or weed areas, and up against corners, walls, fences.

If you have a dog walk them in that area. When I was a kid our dog would regularly find and dig up hidden box turtles. Might not work for all dogs but worth a shot.
 

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