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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus

Description:

Gopher Tortoises are considered keystone species because their burrows provide shelter for 360 other animal species. It is listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List.

Habitat:

Pine flatwoods

Notes:

This gopher tortoise was moving pretty fast (for a tortoise) when it started raining. When I caught up to it, it was trying to turn around after getting itself stuck in a dead end of bushes.

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Machi
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Machi

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 12, 2015
Submitted on Jan 20, 2015

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