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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Usually prefering dry scrublands, but may wander into damper environments.

Notes:

Wild gopher tortoise on her way back to her burrow.

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JoshMrozowski
JoshMrozowski 7 years ago

Wild gopher tortoise on the way back to her burrow.

JoshMrozowski
Spotted by
JoshMrozowski

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012

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