Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gopher Tortoise

Here is "honey my baby" with a nice little Gopher!

Did you know:

Out of all the tortoises in this world, there is one that stands out among the others in the aspect of hospitality - the Gopher Tortoise. The Gopher Tortoise is also known as the Nature's Landlord and the Landlord of the Sand hills. The reason behind their name is that the Gopher Tortoise will dig beautiful burrows which will also be the home of 360 other different species of animals like the Gopher Frog.

Because of the tortoise's hospitality, and how they share their burrows with other animals, they are an important part of the ecosystem as without them, many of the animals would not have shelter, and would soon die off. In a way, you can say that the Gopher Tortoise and the other animals form a symbiotic relationship where the others will benefit.

The Gopher Tortoise does not look quite different than others of its own species. It has strong limbs, and wide flat claws to help them dig the burrows. They average 10 inches long, so they aren't necessarily that large, and weigh up to 10 pounds. While they may share hospitality with other animals, they are not big creatures at all. On top of that, their claws are protected by scaled, and they are protected by large shells from their predators.

Isn't he beautiful?

Did you know research from Associated Content.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Now that is a cute little tortoise Craig. How nice to have your home with you wherever you go. :)

Elaine said...

He is beautiful. I hadn't heard of this guy before, so thanks for the information. It's amazing how many symbiotic relationships there are in nature.

Carol said...

Yup...a real cutie....

Fishing Guy said...

Craig: What a neat animal, my wife would never touch one of those.

Fishing Guy said...

Craig: What a neat bird.

dAwN said...

Very cool turtle..It looks like an old army helmet.
Thanks for the info, Craig..I like how you always put information about the critter you are blogging.