Every known species of the gopher tortoise family is considered threatened.
These animals are very important to the ecosystem. They dig deep
burrows which are used by other animals including the burrowing
owl and various snakes. The southeastern species is found
throughout Florida. Its carapace coloration is dark brown with
lighter areas or markings on the marginal plates.
Gege the two-headed turtle was found shortly after its birth. People from
nearby Riverhaven Village brought it to the State Park for safe keeping.
The turtle was called Gege, using the first letters of the names
of the people from Riverhaven.
Gege has two heads, each with its own brain and vertebrae.
These turtles can be found throughout Florida. They prefer to climb
up on fallen trees along rivers and creeks.