E N V I R O N M E N T
A huge variety of birds and animals
call Englewood home, all or part
of the year. There isn’t a day that
goes by when you won’t have the opportunity
to observe something magical in the sky, in the
water or on the land.
IS IT A TORTOISE,
A TURTLE OR
A SEA TURTLE?
Just as you learn the difference between an
alligator and a crocodile, eventually you learn
how to tell a turtle from a tortoise. One way to
remember is that all shelled reptiles are turtles,
but only those who live on land are tortoises.
Gopher tortoises have front feet that look
like shovels and sturdy back “elephant” legs.
The top part of their shell is mostly flat and
they are gray or tan and often blend into their
surroundings. They are listed as a threatened
species on the endangered species list. They’re
the ones digging those very deep burrows and
might be the ones stopping traffic as they crawl
across the street.
PHOTO BY TOM NEWTON
2018 PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG