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Sandy, the Gopher Tortoise is an award winning columnist currently living in MOSI’s Backwoods Area. She may be a bit grumpy at times, but we still love her. If you have a question about nature, the Florida environment, or Sandy, please write to


Hi Sandy-

I hear you have an apron. How come I never see you wearing it?
Your friend,
Apollo Beach
Dear Tim-
You might need to clean your ears or get your hearing checked because you heard wrong. The “apron” you might have heard about is the open sandy area in front of a gopher tortoise burrow.  A female gopher tortoise will often use the apron as a nest for her eggs. So stay off my apron!

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