Have you seen a 100-pound tortoise wandering around the neighborhood?
If the answer is yes, police in Brunswick, North Carolina would like to hear about it.
The hefty reptile called an African spurred tortoise was reported missing Friday night from its home in Leland.
It doesn’t appear the tortoise ran away -- owner Mark Joseph Zetlmaier reported the pet as stolen and it was listed by the sheriff’s department as a larceny case.
Emily Flax, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said she was unable to provide more details, citing the case’s status as under investigation.
The African spurred tortoise is the third largest in the world and can reach up to 200 pounds, according to the San Diego Zoo. The turtles have a lifespan of 50 to 150 years.
Although it’s native range is the Sahara desert, it’s a popular pet that is sold in the U.S., and can also fetch a high price on the black market.
A tortoise named Millennium was stolen this summer from an environmental center in New York. He was returned by a Connecticut man who said he purchased the tortoise, unaware that it was stolen.
Millennium had been sold for $300 and a musk turtle, the New York Post reported.
Zetlmaier told police that his tortoise was worth $500.