Globally Vulnerable (VU) (Source: IUCN Red List)

Classification
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All Names

  • French
    • Tortue de Floride
    • Goph
    • Tortue Gaufr
    • Gophère Polyphème
    • Tortue De La Floride
    • Tortue Gaufrée
  • Scientific Names
    • Gopherus polyphemus
    • Gopherus polyphemus polyphemus
    • Gopherus polyphemus polyphemus,
    • Testudo depressa
    • Testudo gopher
    • Testudo polyphemus
  • Spanish
    • Tortuga Terrestre De Florida
  • English
    • Gopher Tortoise
    • (Florida) Gopher Tortoise
  • German
    • Florida Gopherschildkröte

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Recent observations

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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hbernier

Date

November 20, 2014 12:32 PM EST

Description

Photo taken Wednesday November 22, 2016

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November 25, 2016 04:05 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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November 24, 2016 10:09 AM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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November 18, 2016 02:18 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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mkosiewski

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February 8, 2015 03:39 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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lorax32

Date

November 19, 2016 02:29 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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billygdvm

Date

May 24, 2005 02:12 PM MDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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uniflora

Date

November 10, 2016 11:56 AM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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chrisrohrer

Date

March 11, 2014 02:30 PM MST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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scottjones

Date

November 5, 2016 03:57 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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bradymh

Date

November 2, 2016 08:23 AM EDT

Description

Observed on beach in surf-line (mid-tide, rising).

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

bradymh

Date

October 28, 2016 06:32 AM EDT

Description

Individual observed in dunes between condominium complex and beach. Individual is smaller than tortoise in first observation.

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Description from Wikipedia

The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a species of the Gopherus genus native to the southeastern United States. The gopher tortoise is seen as a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for 360 other animal species. They are threatened by predation and habitat destruction.

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Conservation Summary

  • Globally
    Vulnerable (VU) (Source: IUCN Red List)
    Vulnerable (G3) (Source: NatureServe)
    Vulnerable. Occurs in the southeastern U.S. from South Carolina to Louisiana; still common in some parts of range though rare in others; population has undergone 80% decline in last 100 years; decline is expected to continue with ongoing habitat loss; multiple threats to habitat plus direct human exploitation.
Description: Manually adapted from Peterson's Reptiles & Amphibians of Eastern & North America by Scott Loarie
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