Florida Gopher Tortoise
April 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Gopher Tortoises are a threatened species in Florida. In general, adult tortoises reach up to 12 inches long, and weigh about 10 pounds. Gopher tortoises live a long time, and are often seen sunning themselves at the entrance to their sandy burrows. The average length of an underground burrow is 15 feet, but one record burrow was 47 feet long! Over 350 species share the burrow with the tortoise, so it can get a little crowded in there sometimes. When it rains, gopher tortoises use their feet to puddle water for a drink.