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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus

Description:

Two male Gopher Tortoises doing battle for what is presumably territory. Neither one got flipped over in this battle. One ran off; and a few moments later the opponent noticed me taking photos and took off in the same direction and path as his opponent.

Habitat:

The battle took place at a County nature Preserve along the edge of the exit road with total disregard by the combatants of vehicles. The area was primarily a pine sand hill area with numerous Saw Palmettos and scattered Slash Pine trees with some Scrub Oak mixed in.

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Ric3
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Ric3

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 28, 2013
Submitted on Feb 16, 2015

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