#Gophertortoise Instagram Photos & Videos

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15 hours ago

Beachside Gopher Tortoise chomping down roadside greens. #anastasiastatepark #gophertortoise

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16 hours ago

Trying to warm up but the sun keeps going behind the clouds. #exothermicproblems #gophertortoise #deserttortoise #californiadeserttortoise #californiaherps #atortoisecalleddoodle

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16 hours ago

Gus had his first walk outside this year and he made the most of it. The fresh grass and dandelions must have tasted sweet! . . . . . #Tortoise #GopherTortoise #Turtle #GusTheTortoise #LovelyDay #GoForAWalk #OutdoorActivities #EatYourGreens #Vegan #BreathOfFreshAir #Halifax

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Can’t wait to get it in the mail so we can post it!! #gophertortoise #tortoise #turtle #conservation #endangered #endangeredspecies

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Cuteness alert! This very small baby gopher tortoise (less than 4 inches long ) was checking out the scrub lands at High Ridge Scrub Natural Area. He or she has a lot of growing to do – adult can reach lengths of up to 15 inches. This threatened species is only found in sandy scrub habitat where they live in burrows averaging 15 feet long and 6.5 feet deep. Learn more about these incredible creatures at myfwc.com. #pbcnaturalareas #gophertortoise #highridgescrubnaturalarea #floridareptiles

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The trailer for Wild Wander season 2 is now up on our YouTube channel. Gopher tortoises are definitely involved. Check it out at the link in our bio. 🙂

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...i turn 37 today + so far i’ve had a blast shell-ebrating...🐢🎂🎈

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Was super stoked to shower the #gophertortoise shower streamed on right onto #trash @keepnsbclean #🙊 #🤮. Issa clean now! #safeforMRturtle No turtles were harmed in the making of this film #👽.

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I keep missing Days... I try not to be On instagram every day and the result is not seeing when its world _______ day- yesterday was World turtle day! Turtles and tortoises are some of the most endangered vertebrae in the world because of habitat destruction/fragmentation, poaching for the food and pet trades and their extremely slow reproductive cycles. Here a Gopher tortoise successfully crosses the road on Sanibel island but many of these tortoises aren’t so lucky. Gopher tortoises are a key stone species meaning they provide an ecosystem with something of immense value that no other species can provide but many depend on. Over 350 species use the gopher tortoises burrows for shelter from predators, fires or simply as a home. Please help turtles and tortoises cross the road in the way they were going when its safe to do so (they are determined and will turn around if you put them on the wrong side ). #worldturtleday #tortoise #gophertortoise #wildlifephotography #photography #sigma1835 #canon7dmarkii #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram

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Beaufort County’s The County Channel joined Tony Mills and Coastal Kingdom to share their love of our Lowcountry animals with Bluffton elementary students. #coastal #animals #lowcountry #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #snakes #turtles #alligators #gophertortoise #education #teaching #blufftonsc #bluffton #beaufortcounty #lovebeaufortcounty

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This sweet guy has been living next door I believe for years now. They are long lived reptiles and they share their burrows with 350 different species. Wow. And they are protected. #turtlesofinstagram #gophertortoise #flwildlife #protectedspecies #mowaroundit

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2 days ago

This little guy was very curious. It came up to me, seemed to sniff my sneakers, and wandered on about it's business. #gophertortoisesofinstagram #gophertortoise #gophertortoises #tortoises #tortoise #tortoisesofinstagram #endangeredspecies #florida #spacecoast #brevardcounty #centralflorida #eastcoast #keystonespecies #reptiles #shell #

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2 days ago

A throwback to celebrate 2 of my favorite turtles on Turtle Day. A gopher tortoise arriving to its burrow to find an unexpected Florida softshell guest. Turtally weird. #turtles #apaloneferox #gopheruspolyphemus #gophertortoise

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2 days ago

First gopher tortoise of the summer! These guys are an important keystone species in long leaf pine ecosystems, where many other species depend on their burrows for survival. They're also listed as a species of high conservation conservation concern in Alabama and endangered in Mississippi. #wildlifebiology #gophertortoise #conservation

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2 days ago

Hungry Hungry Gopher! Came out of hiding for an evening snack. #gophertortoise #endangeredspecies #lookbutdonttouch #notthatitmattersbutyes

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2 days ago

Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. • And I have known the eyes already, known them all— The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin, When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall, Then how should I begin To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways? And how should I presume? ... I grow old ... I grow old ... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me. I have seen them riding seaward on the waves Combing the white hair of the waves blown back When the wind blows the water white and black. We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock BY T.S. Elliot

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This shy gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus ) wants to wish everyone a Happy World Turtle Day! He/she was one of three tortoises I saw on my bike ride at Wekiwa Springs State Park this afternoon. This one seems to have some healed bite marks on her shell. Gopher tortoises are beautiful animals whose numbers are declining due to habitat loss, road kills, and poaching. Sadly some people still eat them. #gophertortoise #worldturtleday #wekiwasprings #floridareptiles

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2 days ago

🐢It’s World Turtle Day! 🐢 That means I break out this sweet pic of our adventure in Cayo Costa a couple weeks ago! We were driving down the trails while it was raining, come around a corner to find this little creature moseying along. We hopped off our quads to watch it, and we even got to gently feel his bumpy shell! 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 This is a gopher tortoise and they are threatened. According to Florida Fish & Wildlife, we found out they are a 🔸keystone species 🔸 because they share their their burrows with 350 other species. Wow! 😲 . . . . #cayocosta #florida #adventurefam #gophertortoise #animallovers #floridafishandwildlife #naturesmiracles #lifeisbeautiful #savetheturtles #savethetortoises #captiva #threatenedspecies #keystonespecies #surprisevisitor #worldturtleday #childrenofthemountains

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2 days ago

Happy #WorldTurtleDay how could you not be happy to celebrarte turtles with this cute #gophertortoise

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2 days ago

“Got my toes in the water ... my a$$ in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer my hand, life is good today “ ....... thanks @zacbrownband #beach #paradise #barefootbeach #gophertortoise #bonitasprings

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2 days ago

Today is #WorldTurtleDay but instead of a day filled with celebrating some of the most unique animals on the planet, today, I frown for our shelled friends, for over half of all turtles are currently endangered, like the one shown here, a Florida native, the Gopher Tortoise. Today we should focus on the serious issues in all parts of the world that threaten millions of animals every day. If we don’t act, imagine trying to explain to the future generations what the Ploughshare Tortoise was, or perhaps the Giant Asian Pond Turtle... as a society we find ourselves ingrained with things to ease our lives, no matter the cost to the world around us, so to truly celebrate world turtle day, I think we should take a few steps back, and try to understand what we can do to truly help the world we call home. To help turtles and tortoises around the world check out @turtleconservancy and consider donating! #conservation #education #turtles #tortoises #tortoise #gophertortoise #endangered #brakeforturtles #savethegophertortoise #savetheeverglades #savethephilippinemonitors

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2 days ago

Spotted this guy munching on some lunch in Seminole State Forest today! Happy World Turtle Day! 🐢 #worldturtleday2019 #seminolestateforest #Florida #wildandscenicrivers #wekivawildandscenicriver #gophertortoise #turtle #tortoise

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2 days ago

Two worlds collide! While studying leatherbacks with the @loggerheadmarinelifecenter , Dr. George Shillinger spotted this gopher tortoise on the dunes! What better way to celebrate #WorldTurtleDay than with both tortoises and sea turtles?! . . . . . #worldturtleday2019 #turtle #tortoise #seaturtle #seaturtles #landturtle #tortoiselove #gophertortoise #floridacoast #junobeach #leatherbacks #leatherbackseaturtle #worldscollide #turtleresearch #turtleconservation #marineconservation #savetheturtles #turtlelovers #turtleday #upwellturtles

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2 days ago

This is how close the young reptile is to the road:( we can’t touch him and #floridawildlife says they can’t do anything either. So the city is going to put up a #gophertortoise crossing sign.

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2 days ago

It’s National Turtle Day! 🐢 Gopher tortoises are one of my favorite @fl stateparks residents!!💕 For those who don’t know gopher tortoises are threatened & protected in Florida! They are one of the only tortoise species that dig burrows & are considered a keystone species because they share their burrows with nearly 400 other species! Gopher Tortoises are the only tortoise naturally found east of the Mississippi River & can live up to around 80 years in nature & 100 years in captivity! Due to loss of habitat their numbers are declining so watch for them while driving & of course respect them when you find them at a state park! This cutie was too busy chomping away to get bothered by me snapping some pics 😂❤️🐢 • • • • #nationalturtleday #gophertortoise #flstateparks #tomokastatepark #hashtagflorida #pureflorida #ormondbeach #ormondbeachfl #sunshinestate #onlyinflorida #vacationflorida #visitflorida #bestofthesunshinestate #bestofflorida #fun_in_florida #flstofmind #lovefl #raw_florida #floridatravel #visitfl #worldturtleday #bestofthesunshinestate_nature #florida_greatshots #loveflorida #floridaexplored #floridanature #exploretherealflorida #optoutsidefl #realflorida

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2 days ago

#repost @biophiliamanda It’s World Turtle Day, so I wanted to bring attention to one of the greatest threats to tortoises and freshwater turtles: road mortality. Before I started working with tortoises I didn’t realize how much of an impact roads have on them. Now I drive around my field sites looking for road kill tortoises so I can record road mortality and/or remove marked tortoises from our study. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Connecting habitats and making roads more permeable is essential for the survival of turtles and many other species. A new bill recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis could soon bring 3 new freeways to the state of Florida. This is an irreversible step toward more urban sprawl furthering fragmentation of wild areas and isolating these animals to smaller tracts of land. Imagine the Florida we could have if we began investing in land conservation and wildlife crossings. That’s the Florida I’m dreaming about. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a gopher tortoise that got side-swiped by a car before I could rescue it from the road. She was a very lucky one with only a small crack in her shell – most don’t survive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How can you help? Contact your reps & make some noise + fund land conservation agencies like @fl_wildcorridor that will purchase land for wildlife corridor. FYI. Amanda handles gopher tortoises under a permit.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #WorldTurtleDay #turtle #tortoise #gophertortoise #florida #wildflorida #floridawildlife #rondesantis #savewildlife #wildlifecorridor #roadmortality #roadkill #roadecology #ecology #roads #wildifeconservation #landconservation #wildlife #biologist

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Happy World Turtle Day!! American Tortoise Rescue created today 18 years ago to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises. The Gopher Tortoise is one of our favorites ❤️🐢 . . . . . . #worldturtleday #worldturtleday2019 #samshouse #discoverbrevardfl #visitspacecoast #merrittisland #florida #pineisland #nature #keystonespecies #environmentallyendangeredlands #pineislandconservationarea #gophertortoise #nativespecies #wildlifeconservation #wildlifesanctuary #conservation #sanctuary #brevardcounty #spacecoast #americantortoiserescue

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The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoises and to encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. #worldturtleday #gophertortoise #keystonesspecies #respectnature #naturelover #naturephotography #oneloveoneplanet #communalliving #threatenedbyhabitatloss #uplandshabitatdweller #protectwhatyoulove #protectedspecies

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It’s World Turtle Day, so I wanted to bring attention to one of the greatest threats to tortoises and freshwater turtles: road mortality. Before I started working with tortoises I didn’t realize how much of an impact roads have on them. Now I drive around my field sites looking for road kill tortoises so I can record road mortality and/or remove marked tortoises from our study. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Connecting habitats and making roads more permeable is essential for the survival of turtles and many other species. A new bill recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis could soon bring 3 new freeways to the state of Florida. This is an irreversible step toward more urban sprawl furthering fragmentation of wild areas and isolating these animals to smaller tracts of land. Imagine the Florida we could have if we began investing in land conservation and wildlife crossings. That’s the Florida I’m dreaming about. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a gopher tortoise that got side-swiped by a car before I could rescue it from the road. She was a very lucky one with only a small crack in her shell – most don’t survive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How can you help? Contact your reps & make some noise + fund land conservation agencies like @fl_wildcorridor that will purchase land for wildlife corridor. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #WorldTurtleDay #turtle #tortoise #gophertortoise #florida #wildflorida #floridawildlife #rondesantis #savewildlife #wildlifecorridor #roadmortality #roadkill #roadecology #ecology #roads #wildifeconservation #landconservation #wildlife #biologist

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Happy Turtle Day!! 🐢 Love my little gopher tortoises! Fun fact in our yard alone we have 5 Gopher tortoises of all sizes and ages they are a huge part of Florida's ecosystem that are slowly becoming endangered. Little known fact about this species is they are not aquatic but rather draughts animals that thrive in hot dry areas! They're also super adorable. 😍😇🌸🐢💖 #nationalturtleday 🐢 #wildlifeconservation #turtleawarness #gophertortoise #floridanature

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2 days ago

Made a new friend. He helps out with the grass cutting for free! #gophertortoise

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2 days ago

Hooray for #worldturtleday ! Experience Savannah’s wild side by walking the trails of @OatlandIsland Wildlife Center! Stop at exhibits along the way to see wolves, deer, alligators, foxes, bobcats, cougars, tortoises & more! The gopher tortoises freely roam the grounds & are fun to find. #stayinsavannah #oatlandisland #gophertortoise #gastatereptile #foundatoatland #turtle #turtles #pets #wildlife #tortoise #flower #foo

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Just another day of providing a home for >350 species. #gophertortoise #keystonespecies

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Today’s #SpeciesoftheWeek is the Gopher Tortoise in honor of today being World Turtle Day! The Gopher tortoise is a terrestrial turtle found in all counties of Florida. It is listed as #threatened by the state of Florida. This moderately sized species (average length of 9-11 in ) is identified by stumpy hind feet that resemble elephant legs and flattened shovel-like forelimbs. The unique shape of the forelimbs is an adaption for digging extensive #burrows for cover and nesting. Because these burrows are used by over 360 different species, gopher tortoises are considered keynote species. Gopher tortoises prefer to live in well-drained sandy areas with a sparse tree canopy and abundant low growing vegetation. They can be found in many #habitats including sand hill, pine flatwoods, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, dry prairies, xeric hammock, pine-mixed hardwoods, and coastal dunes. Periodic wild fires are important for gopher tortoise habitat because when fire is suppressed, small trees and other vegetation begin to grow making it difficult for them to stay mobile. To learn about other tortoise species and World Turtle Day, check out World Turtle Day’s website: https://www.worldturtleday.org/ Photo Credit: Michelle Smith #GopherTortoise #WorldTurtleDay #Tortoise #IRC #KeynoteSpecies

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3 days ago

The friendly Gopher Tortoise I found in southern Florida! He just sat there and stared at me while I took his photo! #gophertortoise #tortoise #turtle #florida #stumppassbeach #floridakeys

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Can you spot all 3 of these grumpy old men? #gophertortoise

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And this young female is #gophertortoise #42 of 2019. She was a bit close to the road so I hung around until she went back into the scrub park.

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3 days ago

Look at this little tyke! He’s a gopher tortoise, estimated to be about a year old. He wandered over to the aviaries at #BoydHill #gophertortoise #tortoise #reptile #wildlife #wildFlorida #keepstpetewild

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3 days ago

Gary our resident Gopher Tortoise helping us with the weeds in the backyard 😂🐢 #marcoisland #florida #gophertortoise #floridacritters #tortise #floridaliving

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3 days ago

I guess this is what the juvenile gophers look like #delraybeach #florida #juvenile #gophertortoise #wildlife #endangeredspecies #nature #outdoors

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3 days ago

#gophertortoise

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