Gopher Tortoises hail from North America such as Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. They are one of the oldest living known species dating back 60 million years. Gopher Tortoises dig long burrows which end up providing shelter for many other animals, like mice, foxes and skunks.
The Gopher Tortoise can reach about 12 inches long and has a life span of up to 100 years. They don’t usually drink water but get it from the food they eat. They prefer living in dry areas where they scavenge food such as plants, grasses, legumes and mushrooms. Unfortunately populations are threatened by loss of habitat and predation.