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

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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

etool

Date

May 28, 2016 11:26 AM EDT

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Description

Near pine plantation

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

cae1

Date

May 27, 2016

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Description

Was feeding in an undeveloped lot.

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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npollock66

Date

May 23, 2016

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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royaltyler

Date

May 26, 2016 05:38 PM EDT

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(Somewhere...)

Description

He ran in the hole when we saw each other

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

etool

Date

May 28, 2016 11:01 AM EDT

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(Somewhere...)

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

timubiologist

Date

May 25, 2016 12:05 PM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Cedar Point red trail

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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hxiong

Date

May 21, 2016 03:05 AM ADT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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rachel50

Date

March 25, 2016 02:24 PM EDT

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Square

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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bwitzke

Date

October 21, 2015 08:09 AM PDT

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Square

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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brae

Date

May 16, 2016 05:26 AM CDT

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 7, 2016 12:31 PM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Gopherus polyphemus, the Gopher tortoise; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2016, Nikon D7100).

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

conuropsis

Date

August 9, 1989

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Seen on Sanctuary Rd. West adjacent to parking lot.

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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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