Wildlife Sign: Gopher Tortoise Burrow

Wildlife Sign: Gopher Tortoise Burrow

Wildlife Sign: Gopher Tortoise Burrow, Barrier Island Center, Melbourne Beach, Florida.

6 Responses to Wildlife Sign: Gopher Tortoise Burrow

  1. b says:

    We saw one at Amelia Island at the Omni Resort.

  2. Camryn says:

    If the world did not have gopher tortoises, there would not be a lot of other species because the tortoise digs the burrow and 360 other species live in the same burrow.

    • Pam says:

      Yes gopher tortoises are very important, and their burrows provide homes to a whole little world of species. Thank you so much for appreciating them!

      • Madelyn Doon says:

        I have a gopher tortoise presently digging a burrow under my house. Started digging the hole in grass abutting my home. Now it continues, but is now burrowing under slab of my home. Very interesting. Anything I should or shouldn’t do? I live in Port Charlotte, FL.

        • Pam says:

          Glad you could visit my site! First I would ask if you are sure it is a gopher tortoise hole and not an armadillo burrow? That is a little more likely. But if you have seen the gopher tortoise enter the hole, some very good information is at this link and copied below: http://www.nbbd.com/gophertortoise/2013/

          “Gopher tortoises are listed as Threatened by the State of Florida and are a candidate for federal listing, so yes, they are protected. In order to relocate the tortoise, you would need a permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; you can apply for one on-line. If the permit application was approved, they would not be responsible for moving the tortoise. You would have to hire someone to do that and find a qualified place to take it.
          Over many years, I regularly get people asking me if a tortoise burrow near their home or shed or pool, etc., will cause problems. I have never heard of anyone experiencing problems. Sidewalks and edges of roads can erode if the opening of the burrow is directly underneath them, but that doesn’t sound like your situation. The only “structure” that I know of that was impacted was an above-ground pool. The burrow was at the edge of the base of the pool and extended under it. They had bunches of rain, the burrow collapsed, and the pool fell over. Big mess.
          All that being said, I suggest that you just let it be. Enjoy! You are lucky, really!”

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