The Gopher Tortoise

One of our favorite tortoises!

One of our favorite tortoises!

Barefoot Beach is a haven for gopher tortoises. Tortoises look like turtles, but they are different in many ways.

Turtles live in the water and tortoises live on the land. The tortoises live in burrows they dig out in the sandy soil. Some of the burrows can be as long as a school bus! They burrow down a long tunnel until they reach the wet soil. They need the moisture, but they don’t swim!

Tortoises are vegetarians and they love prickly cactus and clover with tiny purple flowers.

Gopher tortoises head for the soft sand.

Gopher tortoises head for the soft sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gophers just stand and stand like statues until they decide to move. Then they scuttle more quickly than you can imagine!

Gophers just stand and stand like statues until they decide to move. Then they scuttle more quickly than you can imagine!

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Sniffing out lunch!

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