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The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a species of the Gopherus genus native to the southeastern United States. The gopher tortoise is seen as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for 360 other animal species. They are threatened by predation and habitat destruction.
Usually prefering dry scrublands, but may wander into damper environments.
Wild gopher tortoise on her way back to her burrow.