Did you know that more than 360 different kinds of animals and plants depend upon gopher tortoise burrows for survival?
The gopher tortoise digs burrows to survive, and in the process helps other animals. Burrows protect the tortoise and other creatures from the heat of the summer, the cold of the winter, and forest fires. Some animals use the burrow to find food; others use it as a safe haven to raise their babies. Owls, rabbits, skunks, frogs and scorpions are just a few of the animals that inhabit gopher tortoise burrows.
Glorious illustrations reveal the gopher tortoise's world both below and above ground while inviting text introduces children to the pivotal role the gopher tortoise plays as a keystone species. In this fascinating tale of ecological interdependency, children will discover how the fate of one species can affect the fate of so many others.
Other Books in the Series: AT HOME WITH THE BEAVER: THE STORY OF A KEYSTONE SPECIES. Free downloadable activities can be found on the publisher's website.
Author: Madeleine Dunphy
Publisher: Web of Life Children's Books
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 8.30h x 9.80w x 0.20d
Audience: Ages 9-12
Reading Level: 5.9
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 142693 / At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species
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