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A candidate species for possible listing later under the Endangered Species Act. Gopher tortoises are dry-land turtles and burrow a hole in the soft sand. This is a very important animal to the ecosystem because the burrow also provides shelter to over 350 other species.
Gopher Tortoises usually live in relatively well-drained, sandy soils generally associated with longleaf pine and dry oak sandhills. They also live in scrub, dry hammock, pine flatwoods, dry prairie, coastal grasslands and dunes, and mixed hardwood-pines.
Spotted on Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, GA