Gopher Tortoise

The Gopher Tortoise originated in North America 60 million years ago, making it one of the oldest living species, and they may live up to 80 years. They are a keystone species, one without which many other species would not survive.

The Gopher Tortoise share their burrows with more than 350 other species including the Eastern indigo snake, rodents, gopher frog, Florida mouse, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets who also depend on the burrows for shelter and predator protection.

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