2 adults foraging about 1 km from one another. One was foraging on coco plums. The other was foraging on unknown vegetation.
In residential neighborhood coming onto roadway (Haulover Blvd in Deltona, Volusia County, FL). With Brian Radenberg. Not collected. GTS 1392. UF 169991 (digital image collection).
Tortoise was in back yard Augustine grass. May have been digging hole with back legs.
Mature Male. Looked to be in very good shape.
Had prickly pear stains on her mouth!
Tortoises (/ˈtɔːr.təs.ɪz/, Testudinidae) are a family of land-dwelling reptiles in the order Testudines. Like other turtles, tortoises are shielded from predators by a shell. The top part of the shell is the carapace, the underside is the plastron, and the two are connected by the bridge. The tortoise endoskeleton has the adaptation of having an external shell fused to the ribcage. Tortoises can vary in size from a few centimeters to two meters. They are usually...