Gopher Tortoise - Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BoomersOTR
N 26° 27.802 W 081° 57.996
17R E 403644 N 2927362
Quick Description: A Gopher Tortoise crossing in a Fort Myers Beach parking lot.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/19/2020 5:27:09 AM
Waymark Code: WM13590
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Located on the north end of Fort Myers Beach is Bowditch Point Park. This park is one of the Lee County Parks and Recreation parks. This park has an extensive Gopher Tortoise population. This particular turtle crossing incident involved an adult Gopher Tortoise attempting to cross a parking lot to get to a grassy feeding area. Normally this waymarker would not interfere with the tortoise due to it being a threatened/protected species and it is against the law to harass or interfere with their livelihood. However this waymarker decided to assist the tortoise crossing the parking lot due to the drivers of cars seeking out parking spaces and not looking down to see where they were driving. After assisting the tortoise to the grassy area it promptly started grazing.

This tortoise was approximately 12"-14" long and 9" wide, weighing approximately 8-10 pounds. Obviously a mature adult. Light discoloration in the photos on the shell is sand from the burrow.
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Months most seen crossing: year round

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