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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus

Description:

This one had a shell injury that had healed over. I could see inside on the side where the shell was broken, but it did not seem to be in pain or have any problems running.

Habitat:

At the edge of a neighborhood near a forest

Notes:

Gopher Tortoises are considered keystone species because their burrows provide shelter for 360 other animal species. It is listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List.

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2 Comments

Machi
Machi 6 years ago

Karen, I have some info on that in the notes

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 6 years ago

Looks like he's has an injury to his shell at some point.

Machi
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Machi

Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 16, 2015
Submitted on Apr 22, 2015

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