This guy was found right off the Gordon River Walk trail which is near a Gopher Tortoise preserve. Lots of flooded wetlands around and dry brush. Saw many snakes as well.
This little guy was found inside a Gopher Tortoise preserve. He was eating some of the grass. About the size of a large hand.
upupamartin and I rescued this tortoise off of U.S. 90 and moved it to an area well off the road.
Seen on road near western Serengeti airport. Date/time are not precise.
Desert tortoise crossing road in Saguaro National Park.
I was driving south on HWY 377, about 10 am on 21 September 2015. At 3.8 miles from Carta Valley, going around a curve, a large adult Texas tortoise in the middle of my lane came into view. He was crossing to the south. I slowed down, saw the tortoise clearly, passed over him, but couldn't stop because of guard rails on each side of the curve. I drove to the end of the guard rail and pulled off the road. I could see that the tortoise had decided to turn around and go back to the north side of the road, and he was going under the guard rail as I ran back about 40 yards. I had my camera, and wanted to take his picture for a record, but I got to where he was and simply could not find him. There was a cedar thicket just below the guard rail, and he just disappeared into it. I can't believe I let a tortoise escape me, but it's a species which which I am very familiar and there was no mistaking the identity of the species. I think this is a county record for the species.
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...