Many years ago, we were newcomers to Citrus County. We watched, agog, as a large, flat and round creature madly flipped dirt in the air as it dug a hole by our back fence. We hadn’t heard of gopher tortoises yet. A neighbor warned, “Don’t touch it, they are an endangered species.” We watched Mr. Turtle and his hole in the ground for many moons, intrigued, when all of a sudden, sadly, he was not there any more.