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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Gopher Tortoise

Beauty Of Animal | Gopher Tortoise | Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a type of the genus Gopherus his native south-eastern United States. Gopher tortoise is seen as a cornerstone because it digs burrows that provide shelter for 360 species of other animals. They are threatened by predation and habitat destruction.Gopher Tortoise Gopherus is the representative genus, which contains only turtles native to North America.

This type of gopher tortoises and reptiles is the state of Georgia, and can identify the status of the turtle turtle Florida.Gopher easily based on their appearance. A typical turtle has a large head. Their skin color ranges from light to brown skin or dark gray. Front legs are long to hide, as opposed to behind the legs and the shortest. Shell on the upper part, called a "shield" is a yellowish-brown color. The average size of 107 mm to 240 mm in length. gopher tortoise can have up to 37 cm shell or 14.6 inches in length.  On average, individuals are slightly less than one foot long.

Gopher Tortoise Shield is a solid dark brown on gray. Turtles more yellowish color. Their hind legs reminiscent of those elephants, shovel-like front, and a gular projection Garrison, yellowish hingeless .Gopher tortoises and two male scent glands under the chin subdentary. is characterized by male and female, through the garrison them concave, longer tail, but between the sexes can be difficult to tell apart.

 Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Reptilia
Order:     Testudines
Suborder:     Cryptodira
Superfamily:     Testudinoidea
Family:     Testudinidae
Genus:     Gopherus
Species:     G. polyphemus

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