Testudinidae - Tortoises of the United States
Gopher Tortoises are strictly terrestrial. Their hind feet are stumpy and elephantine, the front limbs bear thick hard scales, and all lack webbing. Ther shell is often done shaped, and the thick carapace and plastron are united by a well developed bridge. The male's plastron is concave. Gopher tortoises have flattened front limbs and are accomplished burrowers. All are herbivorous. Females may nest 2 or 3 times a season
There are three species of Testudinidae - Tortoises in the U.S.
Found from southeastern California and southern Nevada southeast into Mexico.
Found in southern Texas into Mexico.
Found along the coastal plain from southern South Carolins to Florida and west to extreme eastern Louisiana.