Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival
March 28, 2015, downtown DeLand
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This juvenile gopher tortoise is probably between 2-5 years old. At this stage the shell is still soft and the juvenile is vulnerable to predation.
The range of gopher tortoises extends through the coastal plain from southwestern South Carolina into eastern Louisiana and through much of Florida, except for the Everglades and Florida Keys.
They can be found in almost any upland habitat, although open longleaf pine sandhills and flatwoods appear to be the most suitable.
Gopherus polyphemus is a state listed threatened species in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and is federally listed as threatened west of the Tombigbee and Mobile Rivers in Alabama and also Mississippi and Louisiana. Gopher tortoise populations are in danger mainly due to habitat loss as the high dry ecosystems favored by this land tortoise is in demand for commercial and residential development. The shells can reach up to a foot long at maturity.
The burrows that gopher tortoises dig are utilized by many other species, especially during natural and prescribed fires.
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