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What do you do if you find a gopher tortoise?
Last Updated: 2nd March, 2020
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Subsequently, one may also ask, is it illegal to pick up a gopher tortoise?
Gopher tortoises are a federally protected species. Current Florida state regulations clearly indicate that it is illegal to handle or disturb gopher tortoises or to bother their burrows. It is best, however, to leave the tortoise to feed on its own.
Also Know, how do you keep gopher tortoises away? If you are a homeowner and have gopher tortoises in and/or around your property:
- Leave burrows alone!
- HOA rules permitting, you can landscape for gopher tortoises.
- Avoid mowing, driving, or other activities that could cause a disturbance directly around the burrow.
- Don't leave pets unsupervised near burrows.
People also ask, how much does it cost to relocate a gopher tortoise?
As for your lot site preparation budget on your new home, you should anticipate that relocating a single tortoise will cost you in the range of $1000-$3000, depending on which environmental specialist you choose, and what the available reservations are charging per tortoise.
What does a gopher tortoise burrow look like?
Active gopher tortoise burrows are easily identified by their classic flat bottomed, high domed appearance and characteristic area of excavated soil in front of the opening called the apron. Tortoise burrows gently slope down, whereas mammal burrows usually slope straight down.