The Gopher Tortoise
Gopher tortoises are moderate-sized, terrestrial turtle, averaging 9 to 11 inches long. The shell is tan, brown or gray. They have stumpy, elephantine hint feet and shovel like forelimbs for digging.
Sandy areas with sparse tree canopy and an abundance of low growing vegetations. They live in long burrows. The burrows protect them from fires, drought, heat, cold and predators. The Tortoise digs its burrow wide enough so the can turn around and go the opposite direction.
Humans have a huge part in habitat loss in gopher tortoises. When we build on lands that the tortoises reside in they have no where to go.