These tortoises are so intriguing, so I took a closer look with full respect and caution. Moved him off the trail out of bikers way.
Tortoise in bike path
Lee County, Fl, USA
Gopher tortoise making headway through the grass at Melrose Landing, FL
By rr track at entrance station. When I took his picture, he motored away quite quickly!
Tortoise found wandering shrub land
The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a species of the Gopherus genus native to the southeastern United States. The gopher tortoise is seen as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for 360 other animal species. They are threatened by predation and habitat destruction.