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Three tortoises slowly mill about their 3,000-square-foot enclosure along side of a home where they munch on edible orchid, hibiscus and cactus plants at Adam’s Animal Encounters. 

Almost 4 acres on Pine Island is a refuge for 80 reptiles representing 39 species who are cared for by a man who has a passion for animals and educating others to grow an appreciation for them. 

The property, on a lake, is where Adam Pottruck and his wife Lauren live, surrounded by tortoise enclosures, man-made ponds, edible plants and land to expand their rescue.

Some of the 80 animals include tortoises, turtles, snakes, geckos, bearded dragons, alligators, a tegu and even a black widow spider he found on his boat.

Adam Pottruck feeds two of his tortoises some romaine as a treat on Wednesday, September 10, 2020, at his home on Pine Island. (Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press USA TODAY NETWORK –