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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus


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.


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


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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