For the last week one of our resident gopher tortoise has been remodeling her burrow. She has been flicking sand with her front feet left and right. Some of the sand lands four or five feet away. Then yesterday we noticed she had a visitor. The female tortoise is on the left, male on right. If the female is in the burrow the male stands at the entrance bobbing his head up and down enticing her to come out. They face each other and bob their heads up and down in a silent mating dance.
I was amazed at how animated their head bobbing could be. After a quite a while of head bobbing, the male gives the female a small love bite on the leg to get her to turn around.
After mating the female returns to her burrow in the ground. This female has been active all this week remodeling her burrow, kicking sand left and right. I found this you tube video of the gopher tortoise mating so you can see their mating dance almost as if you were there.
We're hoping to see some egg laying and some baby tortoise around here one of these days. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.