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Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus


Gopher tortoises are known as a keystone species.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states the gopher tortoise provides refuge for as many as 350 to 400 species. The burrows are used for feeding, resting, reproduction, and protection from temperature extremes, moisture loss, and predators. These species include gopher frogs, several species of snake, such as the eastern indigo snake , small invertebrates, and burrowing owls. Therefore, conservation efforts focused on the gopher tortoise aid these species as well. (info taken from Wikipedia)

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Frank Weaver
Frank Weaver 9 years ago

Pretty cool spotting!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Nice and good information too!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

I agree, too!

Kittycat22 9 years ago

I agree its really nice!

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Kissimmee, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 29, 2012
Submitted on Feb 29, 2012

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