Close-up image to show the serrations on the mouth used to help pull leaves off of the bushes it eats. This Gopher Tortoise was going in and out of its hole on a beach near Bonita Springs, Florida. Besides digging a burrow for itself, research was done and around 360 other species will use the burrow at one time or another as well such as Burrowing Owls, amphibians, snakes, insects and other birds. The burrows can be up to ten feet deep and forty feet long. These tortoises are herbivores and rarely drink water as all the liquid they need comes from the plants they eat.
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