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Some unusual residence of Cape Coral....

The gopher tortoises can be found throughout the state of Florida and southern areas of Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and the tip of Eastern Louisiana. These gopher tortoises were found in Cape Coral, Florida where they have taken up residence between houses. They dig their burrows in dry habitats. The gopher tortoise grows on average to be about slightly less than one foot long and weighs about 29 pounds, though they have been found to be as big as 16 inches.

Where they live......

The gopher tortoise digs and lives in burrows which are their homes. The burrow provides safety from predators and the elements, and also during extreme conditions on the surface such as drought, weather, and fires. The burrows can vary in length and depth. Burrows can be as short as about 6 - 10 feet long, but they average around 30 feet. Depths vary from around 3 - 20 feet deep. The burrows vary in shape, with most being straight or with only slight curves about the width of the tortoise. They have burrows on both sides of our property and also behind our property....

They are protected.....

In Florida gopher tortoises are on the Endangered Species List, characterized as a Threatened Species. This means that their numbers are dropping but we are not sure exactly how much, several studies presently being conducted on the tortoises are trying to more accurately answer this question. Their principal reason for being threatened is a loss of habitat.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Climate, things to do, near beaches, and a diverse population……
  • Cons:Hit hard by the housing market collapse….
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  • Last visit to Cape Coral: Dec 2012
  • Intro Updated Nov 13, 2013
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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    great shots of Cape Coral, know it well, glad to sold my land lots severalyears back,and still have family there where I lived on the east coast.looking forward to more.Cheers and welcome to VT

    • Explor5252's Profile Photo
      Jan 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Thank you for the comment.....I will be moving to Cape Coral soon and then Punta Gorda......When I was a kid I also live on the east coast.......

    • gwened's Profile Photo
      Jan 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Punta Gorda area I sold lots way way back when it began lol!!! nice area now.

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