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    Exclamation The gopher tortoise lives on land so dont help it into water!

    Last month, we received three known reports of well-intentioned, good Samaritans incorrectly releasing gopher tortoise hatchlings into the ocean. It's important to know that you should never attempt to relocate gopher tortoise adults, juveniles or hatchlings if you happen to see one near a beach.
    On March 20, this hatchling was found on Playalinda Beach in Brevard County by a member of the public. The person assumed it was a sea turtle hatchling and tried to put it in the surf, but luckily they contacted the FWC and staff were able to assist the beachgoer.
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    Gopher tortoises do nest in the dunes near beaches, so it's not uncommon to see gopher tortoises in this type of environment. The hatchling did not require treatment, and it was released near the dunes after the person spoke with FWC staff. Gopher tortoises cannot swim well and can easily drown. Because gopher tortoises often nest in dunes adjacent to sea turtle nesting beaches, correct identification of these terrestrial animals is important before deciding what action, if any, is necessary. To distinguish gopher tortoises from sea turtles, simply inspect their limbs from a distance: Gopher tortoises have toes, with claws on each toe. Sea turtles have flippers with only one or two claws present on each foreflipper. Proper identification can be achieved without handling the animals. Please see our gopher tortoise photos at http://bit.ly/1ysPccM for help discerning gopher tortoises from sea turtles.
    All five species of sea turtles found in Florida are federally endangered or threatened and managed under the Endangered Species Act as well as under Florida Statutes; the gopher tortoise is listed under state law. If you spot any of these species in danger on the beach, please do not disturb the animal. Instead, call the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or call #FWC or *FWC on your cell phone.

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    Default Re: The gopher tortoise lives on land so dont help it into water!

    Thank you for this great information.
    I was disappointed to find out that my turtle nest that I had been guarding in my backyard was a dud... No eggs.
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    Default Re: The gopher tortoise lives on land so dont help it into water!

    My Uncles friends who live in Ormond now had a Tortoise that would come into the back yard and drink from the water hose , he was a was a character they are fun to have around. unlike these sneaky damn Raccons my neighbor draws in every bike event , I swear he had 15 in his backyard eating dog food last spring . Literally 15 I sat back there and counted them. then for the next month after his week stay they tear up the whole streets garbage. The Dozen or so Deer I tolerate although they make having a garden tough.
    Still wouldn't trade my lot on a Preserve for anything I have never lived without a physical conection to wilderness and I couldn't tolerate living a city if I had developed property behind me.

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    Default Re: The gopher tortoise lives on land so dont help it into water!

    Tortoise are great and they really do have personalities.
    Raccoons are cute little things but they are definitely pesky little things...
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    Default Re: The gopher tortoise lives on land so dont help it into water!

    I wish those who live near or visit the beaches had been educated on this subject. IF you don't know for sure what it is, don't f'n touch it! It will go where it is suppose to go. Just leave it alone! I see a lot of people do this in Flagler Beach and it makes a person bow their head and wonder.........

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    I agree leave them the Fuck alone. You could do much more harm then good.
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    Default Gopher tortoises don't swim. Don't help them into the ocean

    Unlike sea turtles, which have flippers, gopher tortoises have claws on each toe. Sea turtles only have one or two claws.

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    Default Re: Gopher tortoises don't swim. Don't help them into the ocean

    Don't eat them either~
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    Default Re: The gopher tortoise lives on land so dont help it into water!

    I don't think they look all that appetizing

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    If, they are in the middle of A1A, NO dont leave them the Eff alone, and i have seen locals and out of staters alike, try to head them in the potential correct direction, thats not crawling down the center of A1A.
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    Teeny tiny turtle!
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    Right now, many hatchling freshwater turtles like this little mud turtle are coming out of their eggs and making their way through their big new world. So, if you see a small turtle crossing the road, be safe but do the turtle a favor and help it move in the direction it is headed. When hatchling turtles are small it can be difficult to tell what species they are because adult coloration and shell shape often are different. For example, an adult striped mud turtle usually has three light-colored stripes along the length of its smooth shell and reaches a maximum size of about 4 inches; hatchlings are about the size of a thumbnail and have a keeled shell (pointed at the top like a camping tent). Find out more about #Florida's freshwater turtles here: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/pr...water-turtles/

    Freshwater Turtles: Testudines

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    While most freshwater turtles have hard boney shells, three species known as softshell turtles have fleshy shells adapted for swimming. Turtle shells provide protection from predators. Snapping turtles, such as the Florida snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle, can bite with great force and reach large sizes.
    Habitat:

    Turtles are ancient shelled reptiles that have existed for 220 million years. Florida has more species of turtles than other states. Of the 26 types of turtle species found in Florida, the vast majority (18) are freshwater turtle species. Besides freshwater turtles, Florida is home to the gopher tortoise, box turtles, and five sea turtle species.
    Behavior:

    Although all turtles are air-breathing reptiles, aquatic turtles can hold their breath for long periods of time. All freshwater turtles lay eggs on land in holes they have dug. When the eggs hatch, the baby turtles (hatchlings) return to water.
    Florida has approved strong conservation measures for freshwater turtles.
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    Some turtles don't live in water! http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/...rtle-tortoise/

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    Oh my gosh, so cute...how do they not get stepped on? They'd be so hard to see amongst rubble and stuff.
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    My Yello0w bellied slider just came home yesterday after a 6 month absence. I need to get some fresh feeders gold fish for the pond

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    he was waiting for me for a snack when I went outside

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    I remember him from last year!!!!!!!! Give him a kiss for me!!!!!!

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    Look at this rare White turtle
    Cool huh but how did they know he was going to be albino before he hatched ?

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    Springtime Shell-ebration!
    It’s spring, which means gopher tortoises are out and about! After a winter of relative inactivity, these native tortoises are now seen more often outside of their burrows. If you see a gopher tortoise, pause and observe these gentle reptiles, snap a photo using the “Florida Gopher Tortoise Smartphone App,” but please do not pick up or move the tortoise (unless you are performing a road rescue - then be safe!). Relocating a tortoise to a place that may seem better to you could actually be very stressful and harmful to that tortoise or the tortoises already there. Especially do not put these land turtles in the water! Gopher tortoises do belong in suburban and rural communities as well as public lands. To help out these slow-moving reptiles, don’t move them, and instead sign up to be an FWC volunteer. Also be sure to download the Florida Gopher Tortoise Smartphone app to help us document locations of this threatened species (exact locations of tortoises are not made public).

    More info: http://myfwc.com/gophertortoise/

    Gopher Tortoise App: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/ma...-tortoise/app/
    Download the Florida Gopher Tortoise Smartphone app


    Become a citizen scientist! The FWC needs your help documenting where gopher tortoises live. You can help by downloading and using the “Florida Gopher Tortoise” smartphone application (app). With this app, you can record the location of gopher tortoises you may see in your yard, neighborhood, or crossing the road. This information will help FWC biologists better understand where populations of gopher tortoises live. The app also contains gopher tortoise information and a fun quiz to test your knowledge, learn more about this protected native Florida species, and help protect and conserve gopher tortoises.
    With your help, FWC will be able to better document where gopher tortoises are living within our Florida communities, and how we can work together to protect them.
    The free app is available for both Android and iOS smartphones:


    Interactive map of user-submitted photos

    All photos submitted to FWC of gopher tortoises are posted to an
    interactive map. The map allows web visitors to zoom in and see where gopher tortoises occur in your neighborhood or community. The app user also has the option to provide observation notes when submitting a photo.


    Volunteer opportunities: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/ma...opportunities/

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