Want To Help A Gopher Tortoise? Don't Put It In Water

April 6, 2015 11:54 AM

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The Gopher Tortoise may look like a reptile that can swim well, and some tortoises and turtles do have that athletic capability.

In the case of the Gopher Tortoise, however, the opposite is true. Florida wildlife experts are working hard to educate residents: the worst place they can put a Gopher Tortoise, which seems to have wandered too far from home, is a body of water.

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