Baby Gopher Tortoise and Dune Sunflower

Gopher Tortoise and Dune Sunflower

Gopher tortoises are hatching now in Florida!  The sex of the baby tortoise is determined by temperature – the warmer the sand, the more likely the developing egg will become female.  We saw this baby gopher tortoise next to a Dune Sunflower at Sebastian Inlet Recreation Area.   

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Baby Gopher Tortoise and Dune Sunflower

  1. FeyGirl says:

    WONDERFUL! I need to get out in those areas I know have lots of ’em….

  2. Pam says:

    It’s such a treat seeing them. They love sitting in the sun!

  3. Edie Driest says:

    Hello, Richard & Pam! I am trying to put together a banner and want to include a pic of a gopher tortoise on it. The purpose of the banner will be to celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day that happens April 10th. It’s all part of raising awareness. I was wondering if you would consider giving me permission to use your adorable tortoise with yellow flower? Maybe you can provide me with an email address so I can share more detail with you? Thank you! Edie

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