Halifax tortoise Gus, the ‘lettuce king,’ celebrates 100th birthday | Globalnews.ca

2022-08-12 7:17:00 PM

Halifax tortoise Gus, the ‘lettuce king,’ celebrates 100th birthday

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Halifax tortoise Gus, the ‘lettuce king,’ celebrates 100th birthday

Halifax's favourite tortoise Gus is believed to be the oldest living Gopher tortoise in the world and events are underway to celebrate the milestone.

Global NewsMuseum manager Jeff Gray says 100 tortoise years are comparable to 100 human years — a big milestone for Gus.Story continues below advertisement“In the wild, they generally live to be about 60 (years old),” Gray said. “That, though, is largely due to human impact.”

Read more:Famous Haligonian Gus the Tortoise celebrates 99th birthday with treat of grass and cloversGus, dubbed “the lettuce king,” is believed to be the oldest living Gopher tortoise in the world.“Owing to the fact that he doesn’t have those external threats is likely the reason for his longevity,” Gray said.

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