CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
Look who was in the middle of the next street when I was coming home from shopping. I lifted him (her???I didn’t turn it over) to the side of the road and then headed home to get my camera. I returned to be sure (s)he was sticking to the side of the road which (s)he was. Another guy in a car stopped and asked if I was “sheparding” him otherwise he was going to monitor him for a while to be sure he was ok.
I stayed around as he continued down the block and then he suddenly hung a sharp left and plodded off into one of the unoccupied wooded lots.
Important keystone species which is threatened in the state of Florida due to habitat loss. If you see one in the roadway, take the time to help it according to FWC recommendations: