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(PNJ.com) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking motorists to slow down and keep an eye out for Florida's endangered gopher tortoises. The slow-moving reptiles are prone to cross roads and highways during their spring-time search for food and mates.

According to the FWC, it's OK to pick up a gopher tortoise to move it off a road, but keep it pointed in the direction it was heading and do not put it into the water.

From now through May, the female gopher tortoises will be laying eggs in the sandy area outside their burrows.

Report injured or dead gopher tortoises to the FWC by calling 921-1030 during weekdays or by contacting the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922. It is illegal to harm a gopher tortoise, its burrows or eggs.

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