11 months ago
When our biologists inserted a camera into a gopher tortoise burrow, this is what they saw: a family of Florida mice! Watch as some of them seem to be saying “cheese!” for the camera or posing for a selfie. The mice weren't trespassing. Gopher tortoises have plenty of roommates because they are a keystone species: More than 350 other types of animals share the nicely dug burrows! The burrows have fairly constant temperatures and humidity, plus they provide protection from fire and bad weather. The Florida mouse is found only in peninsular Florida, where it lives in dry, upland habitats. In addition to Florida mice, gopher frogs, snakes, insects and plenty of other animals are also gopher tortoise “roommates.”
This video of Florida mice inside a burrow was captured by FWC biologists at Lafayette Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area.
Gopher tortoise photos: https://www.flickr.com/phot...
Florida mice photos: https://www.flickr.com/phot...
The Florida mouse is protected as a State Species of Special Concern by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule and is part of our new Imperiled Species Plan: http://myfwc.com/imperileds...
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