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Wildlife Wednesday: Here’s an Update on Native Gopher Tortoise ‘Wheels’

Wildlife Wednesday: Here’s an Update on Native Gopher Tortoise ‘Wheels’

Florida Aims to Protect Gopher Tortoises with App | WUFT News April 8, 2014

Florida Aims to Protect Gopher Tortoises with App

Gopher Turtle on Honeymoon Island, Florida

Honeymoon Island just north of Clearwater, keeps the Florida natural beauty along the nature trails where these wild creatures show off for visitors.

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Many gopher tortoises are feeling lucky tonight after they were saved by local wildlife officers. A local developer is taking action to rescue hundreds of creatures. Dan Billow ( has the story.

https://flic.kr/p/RAiTxw | Gopher Tortoise Close Up | This species was not originally on my list of wildlife to photograph during my time in Florida but when I saw signs for them at the park right next to where we were staying I started keeping an eye out for them.  This cooperative Gopher Tortoise walked right up to me while I was laying on the ground. From my experience they are either very frightened and quickly retreat or they don't pay you any mind and go about their business of eating…

https://flic.kr/p/RAiTxw | Gopher Tortoise Close Up | This species was not originally on my list of wildlife to photograph during my time in Florida but when I saw signs for them at the park right next to where we were staying I started keeping an eye out for them. This cooperative Gopher Tortoise walked right up to me while I was laying on the ground. From my experience they are either very frightened and quickly retreat or they don't pay you any mind and go about their business of eating…

Gopher tortoises are on the decline in Florida.

Volunteers in Oakland Park, FL are helping threatened gopher tortoises as part of their community habitat project.

Gopher Tortoise who resides at the entrance of the SWFL Conservancy in Naples Florida.  He took a break from eating and stayed still for the perfect pose.

Gopher Tortoise who resides at the entrance of the SWFL Conservancy in Naples Florida. He took a break from eating and stayed still for the perfect pose.

Saving the Gopher Tortoise

When is a gopher not a gopher? How about when it is a tortoise?

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)

Gopher tortoise, Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida (photo credit Jay Becker)

Gopher tortoise, Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida (photo credit Jay Becker)

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