baby gopher tortoise in middle of trail, feeding on vegetation
Gopher tortoise along the fire loop trail in the UCF Arboretum natural areas.
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).
clean and shiny after a summer rain
4-5 year old youngster (based on scute rings)
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.