Gopher tortoise burrows are widely used by other species throughout the ecosystem, making these tortoises a keystone species with a pivotal role to play in their native community. Their burrows are like subterranean villages, providing a home for more than 350 different species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds.

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Protected Gopher Tortoises returning to their holes

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Gopher tortoises are named because of their ability to dig large, deep burrows. They have specialized shovel-like front legs that help them to dig, and their back legs are strong and sturdy.

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Baby Gopher Tortoise

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The Gopher Tortoise’s lifespan is 40-60 years in the wild and 90 in captivity!

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Gopher Tortoise eating

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Because gopher tortoises eat so much greenery from plants and berries they rarely need to go out of their way to drink water.

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Gopher tortoise burrows are widely used by other species throughout the ecosystem, making these tortoises a keystone species with a pivotal role to play in their native community. Their burrows are like subterranean villages, providing a home for more than 350 different species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds.

 

Protected Gopher Tortoises returning to their holes

 

Did you know?

 

Gopher tortoises are named because of their ability to dig large, deep burrows. They have specialized shovel-like front legs that help them to dig, and their back legs are strong and sturdy.

[other]

Baby Gopher Tortoise

 

Did you know?

 

The Gopher Tortoise’s lifespan is 40-60 years in the wild and 90 in captivity!

[other]

Gopher Tortoise eating

 

Did you know?

 

Because gopher tortoises eat so much greenery from plants and berries they rarely need to go out of their way to drink water.

[other]

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