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Gopher Tortoise appreciation post

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Because what’s better than a tortoise? A tortoise that’s a keystone species!

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Gopherus polyphemus, or the gopher tortoise, is part of a genus that includes the only true tortoises native to North America.

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an excellent dirt-weathered gentleman

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also their babies look like this

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Oh also they’re super important keystone species. These little friends build burrows for living in, and not just for tortoises! Lots of different creatures end up using these burrows!

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Dig that hole!

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Look how snug!

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It is gopher tortoise appreciation hours!

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These lovelies, aside from being the state reptile for Georgia and Florida, also ranges from threatened to vulnerable, due to a combination of human and animal predation, habitat destruction, traffic mortality, and the pet trade.

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Please support your local tortoise conservation efforts!

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