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The Gopher Tortoises are moderately sized animals. The Gopher Tortoise, while often living on private land, is rarely kept as a pet.

The Gopher Tortoise is one of the pivotal members of the sand hill ecosystems of Florida. They live in large burrows, which they dig. These burrows can be 10 feet deep and between 25 and 35 feet long and provide homes not only for the tortoise but also for a variety of other creatures that live in this habitat. Some of the other animals that reside in the Gopher Tortoise's burrows include frogs, snakes, and even the dung beetle. A variety of small mammals and some birds often reside in abandoned burrows. Gopher Tortoises feed primarily on succulent plants, legumes, and grasses. They are grazing animals and spend most of their waking hours grazing or basking in the sun
Gopher Tortoises are threatened because their habitats are being destroyed for development. They are also hunted for food and killed by motor vehicles.

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