Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gopher Tortoise

These slow moving animals are a real treat to watch.  Every spring my wife and I find ourselves stopping by the roadside to rescue these guys from the highway.  The thanks we get is usually some loudhissing and scrambling.   I've even had to rescue one that got stuck in the farm fence around my property.  I'm always looking for their burrows in the Ocala National Forest because there are a number of snakes, including the eastern diamondback that will share the premises.  I found this one wandering down the side of one of the clay roads in the ONF.  I followed him on foot for a while until he made a quick, well not that quick, left turn and disappeared into the scrub.

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