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Two Orange Park teenagers who posted a disturbing video online of themselves torturing and killing a gopher tortoise have been arrested, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Idealized conceptual sketch showing a cut-away view through a gopher-tortoise burrow with many additional burrows made by other animal species. Note especially the short horizontal tunnels near the burrow top, which would have been made by hatchling tortoises, and the vertical shafts that connect to these, which would have been made by Florida mice. (Illustration by Anthony Martin.)

Gopher Tortoises, Making Deep and Meaningful Burrows

Cynthia with gopher tortoise

Cynthia with gopher tortoise

Gopher tortoises relocated to Nokuse Plantation.  http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/relocated-gopher-tortoises-arrive-at-nokuse-plantation-in-freeport/

Relocated gopher tortoises arrive at Nokuse Plantation in Freeport

Gopher tortoises are so named because of their ability to dig large, deep burrows. These burrows are widely used by other species throughout the ecosystem, making gopher tortoises a keystone species with a pivotal role to play in their native community.

Gopher tortoises are so named because of their ability to dig large, deep burrows. These burrows are widely used by other species throughout the ecosystem, making gopher tortoises a keystone species with a pivotal role to play in their native community.

gopher tortoise: In an attempt to correct former injuries to the species, Florida has made this long suffering native its “State Tortoise”. Not to be outdone, Georgia bestowed the title of “State Reptile” on all gopher tortoises, complete with all the recognition and privileges which are attached to that esteemed honorarium.

Gopher Tortoises Are Adapted To The Heat

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