April 10, 2023 8:00 am
Until April 10, 2023 5:00 pm
Gopher tortoises are a keystone species because they dig huge underground burrows that provide refuge for over 360 other species of wildlife called commensals. Among the commensal species sharing its burrows are the gopher frog, Eastern indigo snake and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets. Without gopher tortoise burrows, many of these species might not survive.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division is counting on people and organizations to help us with conservation of this important species by adopting a Gopher Tortoise Day in your community to increase awareness and appreciation for these long-lived, gentle reptiles.