This is Big Boy. I see him often near his burrow.
By side of road
Kolomoki State Park, GA
Several of these live in the neighborhood.
Male and female together - male attempting to mate with female.
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.