An Awesome New Neighbor is a Gopher Tortoise

An Awesome New Neighbor is a Gopher Tortoise tells the story of the author’s encounter with her new neighbor, a Florida gopher tortoise. It then goes on to explain one of the laws protecting these threatened animals from their worst enemy, man.

Caught by Surprise

Two properties down from mine I have been noticing the development of quite a sand pile along the fence line. Right now there is enough vegetation along the edge of the road that most of the ground is hard to see, so one afternoon I stopped to see what was going on. As I suspected, the sand pile was the outside of a new gopher tortoise burrow. The sand was very fresh and…

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Nature Day (by: Garden of Eve)

So last week I found a turtle and was wondering how it got onto my patio. It had to pass my stream, pond and bridge. I helped it move back into the woods.

Well, today I shut my water off to clean the pond and found him under the water. Who knew… I bet he was pissed he had to walk all the way back.

When I went to my filter, I was greeted by 2 snakes under the rock covering it. I also had to grab a goldfish that was living upstream in a little shallow spot. I threw him back over to the deeper area with his buddies. I guess he thought he was a salmon.

Also it’s frogs galore in my pond. They are quiet and no problem at all. It’s a nice fun ecosystem.