Did you know that gopher tortoise burrows provide refuge for about 360 other species?

Some of those species include black pine snakes, gopher frogs, Florida
mice, foxes, skunks, opossums, rabbits, quail, armadillos, burrowing
owls, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, and many invertebrates. Several of
the “tenants” are also legally-protected species adding to the burrows’
value to the ecosystem.

Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/y3vPTq

Photo: Gopher Frog (Lithobates capito) and a Florida Mouse (Podomys floridanus) in a Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) burrow in Florida.

photographs by Florida Wildlife Commission and USFWS

(via: USFWS – SE Region)

CONSERVATION MATTERS! Even if you don’t love shells like we do.. protecting the gopher tortoise is protecting 360 other creatures.

Hey! Quick note for the shell parents out there. Now that spring is (supposedly) here. Things like handwarmers are on clearance. These are great for traveling and emergency power outtages (do be careful as direct contact can be too warm and you DEFINITELY don’t want any attempts at noming). That said, Its a great time to stock up! Found these on clearance for 24 cents at rite aid (and if you’re a frequent shoper and already have a discount they might be even cheaper. WIN!)