Featured Species

Baby gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most undisturbed wild swamplands in the country. Unique plant and animal communities adapted to the seasonal floods of the Mississippi Delta area thrive here. The river system supports the threatened ringed sawback turtle - a unique reptile found only in the Pearl River and its major tributaries in Louisiana and Mississippi. The refuge also supports the Gulf sturgeon, an anadramous “living dinosaur” that can reach lengths of up to nine feet and weigh up to 300 lbs.  Upland acres of loblolly and slash pine forest provide habitat for the threatened gopher tortoise.

ringed sawback turtle
Ringed Map Turtle
Ringed Sawback
The ringed sawback turtle is small. Each shield of its upper shell (carapace) has a yellow ring bordered inside and outside with dark olive-brown: its undershell (plastron) is yellow. The head has a large yellow spot behind the eye, two yellow stripes from the orbit backwards, and a characteristic...
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