Tortoise crossing highway. 9:19 AM. 1,474 feet elevation.
Gopherus berlandieri basking
At 1:05 p.m. (Central) in Waco, Texas, on Bagby Road, about 200 yards north of the intersection of Bagby Road and State Hwy 6, a tortoise was crossing Bagby Road towards the Central Texas Marketplace on the other side. It was crossing just shy of the Sonic restaurant on Bagby. The tortoise had a slash of red color on its neck. I picked up the tortoise and returned it to about 50 yards in the habitat that it had been walking from. I placed it in a area of ankle-high weeds and grass.
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...