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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dawn18

Date

September 28, 2016 09:28 PM EDT

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(Somewhere...)

Description

This is Big Boy. I see him often near his burrow.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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dhobern

Date

September 24, 2016 05:59 PM CEST

Description

By side of road

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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sdasilva76

Date

July 1, 2016

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Date

April 4, 2015 11:28 AM EDT

Description

Kolomoki State Park, GA

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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amy142

Date

August 22, 2016 10:49 AM COT

Description

Several of these live in the neighborhood.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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alexandra23

Date

September 24, 2016 05:35 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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smuller

Date

June 22, 2015 10:57 AM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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pmarley1

Date

June 29, 2006 03:15 AM CDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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lorax32

Date

September 18, 2016 03:16 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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jpsincage

Date

September 17, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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kevinemetcalf

Date

December 12, 2015 02:15 PM EST

Description

Male and female together - male attempting to mate with female.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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craigdux

Date

September 12, 2016 05:50 PM EDT
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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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