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Ridgeland in Jasper County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gopher Tortoise Square

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Gopher Tortoise Square Marker
Inscription. Prior to the 1890's, the town of Ridgeland was known as Gopher Hill, getting that name from the abundance of Gopher Tortoises that inhabited the sand hills of the area.Gopherus Polyphemus, commonly called the Gopher Tortoise, are long lived herbivores, typically living 40 to 60 years. They spend much of that life in the deep burrows that they dig. While they still can be found in the rural areas of Jasper County, they are no longer abundant and are now a protected endangered species.
 
Location. 32° 28.889′ N, 80° 58.947′ W. Marker is in Ridgeland, South Carolina, in Jasper County. Marker is on E. Main St. (SC 336 ) near N. Railroad Ave., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ridgeland SC 29936, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ridgeland (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jasper County / Jasper County Courthouse (approx. mile away); Ridgeland Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Church of the Holy Trinity (approx. 1.3 miles away);
Gopher Tortoise Square Marker in Ridgeland,SC image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 30, 2009
2. Gopher Tortoise Square Marker in Ridgeland,SC
Grahamville (approx. 1.3 miles away); Euhaw Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Great Swamp Baptist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ridgeland.
 
Also see . . .  Gopher Tortoise Facts. The gopher tortoise grows on average to be about slightly less than one foot long and weighs about 29 pounds, though they have been found to be as big as 16 inches. (Submitted on March 8, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Gopher Tortoise Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
3. Gopher Tortoise Square Marker
Gopher Tortoise Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2006
4. Gopher Tortoise Square Marker
Hatchlings are 1 - 2 inches long and grow about 3/4 inch a year, Adults range in length from about 10 - 15 or 16 inches and can weigh about 30 pounds. Gopher tortoises live upwards of 100 years (in captivity).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,065 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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