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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus


A medium sized tortise that is fairly common in florida, It's front legs are used for digging. It is brown in color and measures around 1-2 feet long.


This magnificent animal lives in the Scrublands of Florida, as well as Pine-Flatwoods, Oak Forests. It prefers places that are full of sand, making it easier to dig their burrows.


This endangered tortoise supplies a great number of animals with homes. When they dig their burrows, other animals such as snakes, rodents, and amphibians use these burrows as shelter.

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Orlando, Florida, USA

Spotted on Nov 27, 2007
Submitted on Sep 22, 2011

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