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Gopher Tortoise

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 19 April 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A gopher tortoise spotted at Bowditch Point Regional Park at the northern tip of Estero Island in the Town of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. I came across this tortoise by accident, almost stepping on it.

The gopher tortoise is a land tortoise that excavates burrows, like the one seen here. The gopher tortoise is a land animal and is not adapted to living in the water. The State of Florida, due to habitat loss, designated gopher tortoises as a species of special concern.

Photo captured March 22, 2011.

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful specimen

19 Apr 2011 5:03am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot! Nice lighting and details...

19 Apr 2011 6:07am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very beautiful details... Well done ! Have a lovely day :)

19 Apr 2011 6:10am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

He's quite a specimen, looks large too.

19 Apr 2011 7:48am

Florence from Paris, France

Hello ! Brilliant idea for this presentation. Great details.

19 Apr 2011 8:32am

Marzia from ., Italy


19 Apr 2011 9:54am

franz from Baden, Austria

timeless, ageless, almost out-of-this-world, and certaily worthy of protection!

19 Apr 2011 11:42am

Robbie from Houston, United States

Great shot! Almost looks pre-historic.

19 Apr 2011 12:00pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Nice capture.

19 Apr 2011 1:01pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

fantastic animal portrait

19 Apr 2011 1:07pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A very worthy animal!

19 Apr 2011 9:23pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice work !

19 Apr 2011 10:39pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great portraits. Those are big guys!

20 Apr 2011 12:02am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A cool critter!

20 Apr 2011 4:29am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Do not know why you did collage. First image is good enough to be alone .

20 Apr 2011 1:26pm

@MARIANA: Two days of the same subject usually doesn't garner much response from fellow photographers on the second day. While I loved the close-up of the tortoise's face, I also admired the better "reveal" of the tortoise's shell and its patterns in the second shot.