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After having his home flooded out...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 9 July 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

...the Gopher Tortoise is now doing some remodeling!
You can see him looking for higher ground and then 'shoveling' out excess sand that washed into his home on July 3rd & 4th. It was really flying!
If you didn't see the flood, click here.

SONY DSLR-A100 1/40 second F/4.0 ISO 320 39 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Still raining?

and here we would need to have some rain, it's too hot.

9 Jul 2012 5:05am

@Mirjam: No, it isn't raining still; this was taken at the time of the heavy rains and flooding. You need rain and near the Black Sea they had too much!

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

What an industrious little creature, we seem to concentrate on the material and human cost of floods and often forget the wild animals and their losses. fascinating montage Judy

9 Jul 2012 5:59am

@Doug: We really are tuned in to the nature around us and were concerned for our resident tortoise, so were happy to see him back and cleaning out!

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Hard at work! I guess he has no insurance!

9 Jul 2012 10:39am

@CElliottUK: You've got that one right ... "no flood insurance!"

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ..Superb presentation of the drama of the Tortoise !

9 Jul 2012 11:33am

@Mhelene: Thank you!

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

It's really doing a major clean-up.
Like the time frame presentation.

9 Jul 2012 11:53am

@Don Levesque: Thank you, Don; I appreciate that!

Susan Rose from Georgia, United States

Hi, Judy. I like the turtle documentary. : )
(I'm no longer at Aminus. It was time to call it quits.)

9 Jul 2012 1:46pm

@Susan Rose: Can you give me your website address, please?

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a great storytelling collage you have shared here!

9 Jul 2012 2:21pm

@Rick: Thank you, Rick!

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

You caught him at some peak action. Fine shooting.

9 Jul 2012 2:34pm

@Slackwater - Don: Thanks, Don!

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

Like a scene from the great escape,go torty go !.

9 Jul 2012 3:28pm

@Jeff: Ha, ha ... I love it ... "go torty go! ;D

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

And the gopher tortoise is primarily a land tortoise, unlike most tortoises we are familiar with. He must have really been feeling quite wet! Great action shots of him cleaning out and doing some renovation and remodeling. :-)

9 Jul 2012 3:53pm

@Steven: Your photos are exquisite, Steven ... I'm envious. Ours are very shy and duck into their burrows the minute we step outside. ;( ... Mike wanted to go out and lift him, moving him to higher land during the heavy rain, but knew the tortoise had its own 'GPS' and would continue on its chosen route, so left him alone. We love having the opportunity to watch them.

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Hope he and you and your family are doing okay after the flood:)

9 Jul 2012 4:12pm

@tyan: Yes, we're all doing fine ... the heavy rains are behind us, the the 2" elevation in the aquifer is good news!

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,Old West Wales boy, Germany

It´s a hard fife for sure, nice your looking out for him though and checking how he´s getting on !!

9 Jul 2012 5:54pm

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thanks, Ant ... Mike is the one who drove the stakes about their burrows because the big mowing machine operators don't seem to care, even though the tortoise is a protected species in Florida.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Looks like she is building nest Judy! Keep an eye on the results! ;-)

9 Jul 2012 7:04pm

@Eric Cousineau: We'll have to keep watch! ;D ... PS: Friends in southern California have one that has been 'in their family' for over 80 continuous years!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the story of these images. It is great action seeing the dirt fly!

9 Jul 2012 7:19pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks, Ruthie!

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Nice frames and well presented!

9 Jul 2012 8:39pm

@Dokmateo: Thank you.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

How fun to have him in your yard. Is that the hole that the foxes used for awhile?

10 Jul 2012 2:47am

@B. Thomas: Yes, that's the same hole and it is fun to see him wandering around, eating grass.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

All creatures (big and small) get industrious when suddenly attacked by Mother Nature! Do we immitate them or do they immitate us?!

10 Jul 2012 5:15am

@Japanalia: You asked a very good question ... perhaps they are smarter than we are! ;D

franz from Baden, Austria

wasting no time, it seems ... ;-))

15 Jul 2012 1:59pm

SONY DSLR-A100
1/40 second
F/4.0
ISO 320
39 mm (35mm equiv.)

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