Do you know anything about the tortoise's history other than how old it is? Such as where it was found or bought? And how certain are you of the age? Was it possibly owned by one of your family members?
Why do you say this tortoise is in poor shape?It would help if we knew where the tortoise originally came from - east coast or west coast. It looks to be one of the gopherus species, not native to Massachusetts. If it came from the east, it's a Florida gopher tortoise; from the west, a western desert tortoise; from the south a Texas tortoise. Because of the poor shape he's in it's difficult to know for sure. He's stunted and pyramided and his beak is overgrown. All of the tortoises I listed above are protected by law and require a permit to keep.
I might be totally off base and he's a Greek tortoise, but I don't think so.
Im sure they dont get many tortoises around here.. so they prob have no idea about care or anything elseI tried getting more info from the MSPCA that has her, but got a pretty generic email response. Either they don't know much about her or they are overwhelmed with people contacting them.
This girls had a tough life so far then. I know a lot of people are inquiring about her because she made the news. I hope they give her to a home that knows what they are doing.The growth is stunted, it's shell is deformed from living in the house with no UVB from the sun, it's pyramided from being kept too dry, the beak is overgrown, its nails sre curly from MBD, to name just a few.