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African Spurred Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)

Created: January 16th, 2008 - 10:47 AM
Last Modified: November 30th, 2009 - 11:19 AM
Entered by: Joe Burgess
Record 8102
Country:
United States
State:
Florida
County:
Duval County
Time:
2007-04-23 10:00:00
Qty:
1
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
pine flatwoods / scrub
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
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Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
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Elevation:
16.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

In Feb 2007 a large tortoise was seen during a prescribed fire being conducted at a state park. The rangers thought it was a large Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) as that species is common in that area. It was seen again in April and captured. It was removed from the park and adopted by an experienced keeper. It was an obvious release into a natural area and is not known to represent an established or breeding population.

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