Photo taken Wednesday November 22, 2016
Observed on beach in surf-line (mid-tide, rising).
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Individual observed in dunes between condominium complex and beach. Individual is smaller than tortoise in first observation.
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.