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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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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cdoxey

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June 18, 2016 03:54 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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jpsincage

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June 18, 2016 03:30 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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bosqueaaron

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June 16, 2016

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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sea

Date

June 9, 2016 03:43 PM EDT

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Smallest one I've ever found, crossing the road.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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blackscoter

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April 24, 2013 12:59 PM ADT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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jpsincage

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June 13, 2016 12:43 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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blackscoter

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April 25, 2012 11:45 AM ADT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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zak

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June 10, 2016 11:55 AM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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timubiologist

Date

May 25, 2016 12:27 PM EDT

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Cedar point blue trail

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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etool

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May 28, 2016 11:26 AM EDT

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Near pine plantation

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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cae1

Date

May 27, 2016

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Description

Was feeding in an undeveloped lot.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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npollock66

Date

May 23, 2016

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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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