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.
The property I live on has about three or four gopher tortoises living on it.
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
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.