Charles Livio, 62, is proud of his adopted family of 12.
“We have 10 adults and two juveniles,” says a beaming Livio. “We had a successful breeding.”
If that sounds like a strange way for a foster dad to talk about his charges, it’s only because the family at Oakland Park’s Lakeside Sand Pine Preserve is an unusual one. And Livio’s 12 dependents are a bit reclusive.
“They are naturally leery of people. And when they see people, they will usually scurry back in their burrow or they’ll just scurry off,” he says.