The FFWC would like to remind everyone that it is illegal to disturb or harm gopher turtles, their burrows or their eggs. If you see a gopher tortoise or their half-moon shaped burrow entrance, it's best to leave them alone. You can help a tortoise cross a road by picking it up and placing it in the direction it was headed, but don't ever put the tortoise in your vehicle or in the water. It is a land animal and needs a sandy, sunny habitat to survive.
On the Gopher Tortoise Day website, you can find many resources including guides to living with gopher tortoises and ideas for kids' activities including how to build a burrow. And if you're a fan of the gopher tortoise, help spread the word on conserving this threatened species whose burrows are also homes to hundreds of animals including the eastern indigo snake, gopher frog and Florida mouse.
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