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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