~Florida Gopher Tortoise~
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|This Florida Gopher Tortoise was searching for flowers to munch on in my yard. The wildlife preserve next store to was created to protect these fellows.|
Gopher tortoises are a medium sized tortoise, averaging 10 inches long and around 9 lbs in weight at adult size. It is one of only four species of tortoise native to North America.
Species in the genus Gopherus are known for their digging ability. They often dig burrows several feet deep into the ground, where they spend the majority of their time.
Gopher tortoises are herbivorous, the bulk of their diet consists of grasses, such as wiregrass, but they will often consume berries, other fruit, or even scavenge carrion that they find within their reach.
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