The Gopher Tortoise
- Lives on dry sandy land and coastal dunes of the southeastern United States
- Only Tortoise in the eastern part of the United States
- The range of where gopher tortoises live is in Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, with the majority of the population in Florida.
How the Burrow is made...
- Average to about 15 feet long and 6 feet deep
- Maintains a constant temperature year round to protect them from predators or terrible temperature changes
- The Burrow walls are solid and stable because of the tortoises shell moving up and down the Burrow
- The Burrow descends in a downward angle of 20-40°
- The gopher tortoises Burrow is beneficial to other species of that cohabitan in the burrows...
- Gopher frog
- Burrowing owl
- Florida pine snake
- Florida mouse
- Eastern indigo snake.
The Gopher Tortoise is an important species because of other species of animals depending on it for survival.
- Mating begins in the season of Spring
- The male searches for the female burrows in its community
- They communicate through head bobbing, shell nipping and rubbing of pheromones
- The female digs a nest at the opening of her burrow where she buries around 6 ping-pong-ball-sized eggs that hatch around 3 months later
- If eggs or early hatchlings seem to escape their safe haven in the Burrow raccoons, digs and skunks with eat them