michael-massa-micon:

Turtle on Drain Pipe – January 2020

This turtle looks like he is swimming in the air, but he is really trying to rock himself off a drain pipe that goes into the canal alongside Snake Road. I’ve tried to get pictures of him many times, but he slides into the water as soon as anyone comes at all close. This time, he was for some reason hung up on the drain pipe and couldn’t quickly slip into the water. I almost lost the shot because of laughing, but the image was more important than the humor of the situation.

MWM

Gopher Tortoise appreciation post

turtlessuggest:

Because what’s better than a tortoise? A tortoise that’s a keystone species!

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Gopherus polyphemus, or the gopher tortoise, is part of a genus that includes the only true tortoises native to North America.

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an excellent dirt-weathered gentleman

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also their babies look like this

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Oh also they’re super important keystone species. These little friends build burrows for living in, and not just for tortoises! Lots of different creatures end up using these burrows!

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Dig that hole!

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Look how snug!

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It is gopher tortoise appreciation hours!

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These lovelies, aside from being the state reptile for Georgia and Florida, also ranges from threatened to vulnerable, due to a combination of human and animal predation, habitat destruction, traffic mortality, and the pet trade.

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Please support your local tortoise conservation efforts!

respectanimalrights:

Via @the_barefootwalker Credit © 📹 ✔️ @caymanjason

Curious fact: The way loggerhead turtles feed on their hard-shelled prey recycles important nutrients and keeps ocean floor sediments in balance. Loggerhead turtles carry colonies of small plants and animals on their shells which serve as important habitat themselves. As many as 100 species of animals and plants have been recorded living on one single loggerhead turtle.
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Congratulations to @caymanjason for this fantastic shot of a loggerhead turtle. Please check and follow him for more awesome shots like this!
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Follow @the_barefootwalker and tag your pictures with #thebarefootwalker for a possible feature here!
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wafflesworld:

Best friend Kirby sent me a hatchday gift! I got a card, stickers for my shell and and egg with a dino in it. Apparently, I get to put it together like Lego. I can’t wait but first, I have to figure out how to open the egg.

Isn’t that want humans are for?!  demand action Waffles! 😀 also happy hatchday! we heart you the most.