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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus


This on was living under a playground. I know the small holes on the edge of the shell are in fact drilled there by herpetologists to ID individual turtles in ecological studies. Also since a burrow can be twenty-five feet below ground and over a hundred feet in length the end of the burrow was much further away.

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Dunedin, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 31, 2011
Submitted on Aug 19, 2012

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