Pictures of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus). They are endangered.
Gopher tortoises live in southern South Carolina, southeastern Louisiana, and throughout Florida in the coastal and dry sandy areas. They burrow long tunnels up to 40 feet in length. Each tunnel ends in a large chamber of up to 10 feet or more underground. They only come out of their burrows to search for food when temperatures are bearable.