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Naturalist Notebook 

February 14, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal digs its own burrow for its home.
  • This animal helps with the dispersal of seeds.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, February 19th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 1:55 pm


  1. Turtle

    Comment by Rosy — February 16, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  2. A turtle!! :D

    Comment by Pedro — February 16, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  3. Tortoise

    Comment by kt — February 16, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

  4. tortoise <3

    Comment by debi — February 16, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

  5. Some great guesses this week! To be exact, this week’s specimen was a gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). To learn about some of the differences between turtles and tortoises, check out this website:
    San Diego Zoo, Reptiles: Turtle & Tortoise.

    To see pictures and videos of gopher tortoises (and to learn more about them), check out these websites:

    ARKive: Gopher tortoise
    Defenders of Wildlife: Gopher Tortoise
    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources: Gopher Tortoise

    Comment by nature — February 19, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

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