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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus

Description:

Two gopher tortoises, one adult and one juvenile. This species is located mostly in Georgia and Florida. It is a keystone species, meaning that their burrows provide homes for more than 350 other species of animals, and help to shape the whole ecosystem. Previously Endangered... currently listed as Vulnerable.

Habitat:

Honeymoon Island State Park Beach/Scrub habitat... slash pines, palms, cacti, and grasses are predominant plant species.

Notes:

I've never seen two together like this. Wonderful :)

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Dunedin, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 16, 2012
Submitted on Aug 16, 2012

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