In residential neighborhood coming onto roadway (Haulover Drive in Deltona, Volusia County, FL). With Brian Radenberg.
clean and shiny after a summer rain
4-5 year old youngster (based on scute rings)
This is an estimated location as this sighting is from a friend. Tortoise was on a dirt road on a plantation on Mt. Horeb Rd in Worth County.
Gopherus polyphemus, the Gopher tortoise, photographed in Volusia county, Florida (23 May 2014). Janson Jones, http://dusttracks.com.
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.