“This portrait of a Gopher Tortoise represents a lot of my love for longleaf pine ecosystems, especially in southern Mississippi. It was here where I really kick started my career in herpetology, reignited my passion for terrestrial ecology, and met many of my current mentors and colleagues.” – Evan Grimes
This month’s gorgeous Gopher Tortoise portrait comes from Evan Grimes – thank you for your support and for sharing your work with us!
Connect with Evan and see more of his photography on Instagram @iowanaturalist, and check out some of his other projects www.msherps.com (a public outreach website and online guide to Mississippi’s reptiles and amphibians), and also on Instagram @ms_boxturtles (a landing page for his past and present research with Terrapene carolina).
The Gopher Tortoise is also one of The Orianne Society’s priority species – learn more about Gopher Tortoises and how we work to conserve them.