WANDER 📺 SHORTS: “Gopher”ing home
On a hike the other day, I came across Mr. Gopher headed home after a long day’s work:
I come across Gopher turtles fairly often on my hikes and it’s always a delight to see ’em!
Do be careful when approaching Gopher turtle homes — in the south rattlesnakes are known to co-habituate in the same holes.
In the States, they’re also designated as a threatened species, one step away from endangered status.
Despite that, a few years ago the State of Florida allowed developers to pay a “permit” fee to pave over gopher turtle’s homes, suffocating them. The eventual outrage stopped it, fortunately.
Those buggers can live close up to a hundred years. Amazing.
I’ve deliberately muted these videos so you can experience it as I do as a deaf person in the wild. I know some of you will miss hearing the surrounding audio but think of total silence as different auditory experience.
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