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

Observer

finatic

Date

April 15, 2010 04:23 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Brevard County, Florida, US

Photos / Sounds

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

sarka

Date

September 22, 2013

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

iankutch

Date

October 14, 2014 12:07 PM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Leaving a Pline Flatwoods and feeding on some grass.

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

kylejones

Date

October 11, 2014 11:37 AM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

slapcin

Date

September 13, 2008

Place

(Somewhere...)

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No photos or sounds

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

reptile_rhett

Date

September 2, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Made an attempt to cross the road from the arboretum.

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What

gopher tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

campbayou

Date

June 6, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

baby gopher tortoise in middle of trail, feeding on vegetation

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

doveman

Date

June 17, 2014 01:13 AM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

ucf-maincampus

Date

June 6, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Gopher tortoise along the fire loop trail in the UCF Arboretum natural areas.

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No photos or sounds

What

gopher tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

rwreese

Date

July 31, 2014 03:34 PM GST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

Observer

acacia999

Date

the past

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

2 adults foraging about 1 km from one another. One was foraging on coco plums. The other was foraging on unknown vegetation.

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

gtsalmon

Date

February 12, 2013 12:02 PM CST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

In residential neighborhood coming onto roadway (Haulover Blvd in Deltona, Volusia County, FL). With Brian Radenberg. Not collected. GTS 1392. UF 169991 (digital image collection).

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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