Back in the swing of things posting new images! One of the coolest finds during our first couple of outings into the Rio Grande Valley was finding this Texas tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri). Very similar to the gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) that I often found around my home in Southwest Florida as a kid, these gentle herbivores are the tanks of the natural world. This charismatic one let me get a couple fo photos before I left it alone. Click on any image to enlarge.
A very active Texas tortoise mows through the vegetation on a hot late-summer afternoon near the Rio Grande in Mission, Texas. These close relatives to the Florida gopher tortoise are found across South Texas and eastern Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, and northeastern San Luis Potosi in Mexico.