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Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)  Animal,Cryptodira,Florida,Geotagged,Gopher tortoise,Gopherus,Gopherus polyphemus,Nature,Orlando,Reptile,Summer,Testudines,Testudinidae,Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve,Tortoise,Turtle,United States,United States of America,Vertebrate Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. "The gopher tortoise is seen as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for at least 360 other animal species".

    That is remarkable. May it live long!
    Posted 3 years ago

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The gopher tortoise is a species of the ''Gopherus'' genus native to the southeastern United States. The gopher tortoise is seen as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for at least 360 other animal species. They are threatened by predation and habitat destruction.

The gopher tortoise is a representative of the genus ''Gopherus'', which contains the only tortoises native to North America. This species of gopher tortoise is the state reptile of Georgia and the.. more

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By Joe Spandrusyszyn

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Uploaded Aug 19, 2016. Captured Aug 14, 2016 10:12 in Fallen Log Crossing, Windermere, FL 34786, USA.
  • ILCE-6300
  • f/6.3
  • 1/800s
  • ISO2500
  • 210mm