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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

These Florida icons are known for digging expansive underground burrows. Once abandoned by a tortoise, these tunnel systems become homes for raccoons, burrowing owls and other local species.

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ORIGIN:
Southeastern United States

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HABITAT:
Dry, sandy areas

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
8-15 lbs
Length: Up to 15 in

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DIET:
Leaves, grasses and berries

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PREDATORS:

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Tough shell

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REPRODUCTION:
Sexually mature at 10 yrs

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THREATS:
Habitat loss

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
100+ yrs in human care

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