Gopher tortoises relocated in Lowndes Co. due to I-75 construction

Gopher tortoises relocated in Lowndes Co. due to I-75 construction
Gopher tortoises had to be relocated because of I-75 construction. (Source: Georgia Department of Transportation)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Georgia Department of Transportation ecologists spent two days in Lowndes County saving eight of the state’s official reptile, the gopher tortoise, which is an endangered species.

Rebuilding the Exit 2 ramp on I-75, ecologists used camera equipment to spot burrows and see if one there was a tortoise in the burrow.

Gopher tortoises had to be relocated because of I-75 construction.
Gopher tortoises had to be relocated because of I-75 construction. (Source: Georgia Department of Transportation)
Gopher tortoises had to be relocated because of I-75 construction.
Gopher tortoises had to be relocated because of I-75 construction. (Source: Georgia Department of Transportation)

They would then dig out the gopher tortoise.

One of them, they estimate is about 30 years old and very heavy.

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