passing through. a short visit by a female gopher tortoise. september 28th 2012.
I saw the cats running away from something in the front yard. They were getting out of her way!
she has a tick above her right eye. I've never seen that before.
left side view
her shell isn't too badly scratched. probably from fences and dogs that, luckily, didn't know how to flip her.
I'd guess her at app. 12 inches in length. didn't want to waste time finding a tape measure.
a few more scratches.
These animals can move surprisingly fast!
Sibyl was not happy!