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Meet Museum Tortoises Hermes and Mud

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The Museum is home to Tyrannosaurus rex, a blue whale model...and two live tortoises! Meet Hermes and Mud, a pair of brother African spur-thighed tortoises, the third-largest type of tortoise (after Galapagos and Aldabra). They eat hay, go for walks on the lawn, and have swankier digs than most New Yorkers. 


Hermes and Mud were adopted by Darrel Frost, curator of herpetology, and have been delighting lucky Museum visitors ever since. And because we couldn't resist:

Hermes and Mud tortoise GIF of Mud

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