My Backyard Buddy: Florida Gopher Tortoise


© Diane Beaty

© Diane Beaty



   This Florida Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) was munching

   away today as I finished cutting the grass. It was kind enough to

   allow me a pic or two before resuming its wandering hunt for food.


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5 Responses to “My Backyard Buddy: Florida Gopher Tortoise”

  1. Published Articles Says:

    We just saw a Gopher Tortoise in Bonifay Florida a few weeks back. They are a protected species so we just let him go his way.

    It was a male because it had the extra bit of shell beneath his head. What a beautiful tortoise he was!

    That was the first tortoise I’ve seen and I’ve lived her for 7 years.

    Great pic BTW!


    • planetcity1 Says:

      Thanks. The tortoise here tends to come out during the hottest part of the day, which is probably why you haven’t seen many. This one is usually spotted eating somewhere between 1 and 3 p.m.

  2. Mel Says:

    Oh….I want one!!!

    k….I want one for the spring and summer months.
    I think I’d name him Henry. 🙂

    <– names everything….LOL

    • planetcity1 Says:

      actually, you can’t have one cuz they are a protected species 😉

      I don’t own Henry, we just happen to co-habitate on nearly the same little plot of earth, just like the birds and squirrels and lizards and frogs that scurry about this same little patch… i guess you could say my yard is a busy & thriving metropolis of nature…lol…

      [The gopher tortoise is federally protected as a threatened species except in Florida, where it is listed as a Species of Special Concern by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.]

      For fun facts about gophers, go to:

      p.s. — the squirrels are partial to sunflower seeds, [and peanuts when they can get them] and have been known to pilfer oranges off the tree when they are thirsty [nothing beats watching a squirrel carry an orange half its size up into a giant oak tree for a shady session]

      i do provide water, but sometimes they prefer that Vitamin C…lol…

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