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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December 13, 2014 01:08 PM EST

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July 20, 2016 11:22 AM ADT

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July 20, 2016 11:21 AM ADT

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July 18, 2016 01:12 PM EDT

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matthew_e_smith

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July 17, 2016 05:33 PM EDT

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matthew_e_smith

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July 17, 2016 05:28 PM EDT

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July 8, 2016 08:51 AM PDT

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mrfish33

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July 8, 2016 08:41 AM PDT

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mrfish33

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July 8, 2016 08:28 AM PDT

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dwboston

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May 16, 2010 04:29 PM CDT

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05/16/2010, 4:29 PM
Canon PowerShot SD700 IS, 1/500 sec, f/5.5, 23.2mm (5.8 to 23.2), ISO Auto

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bridgetspencer

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July 1, 2016 09:45 PM PDT

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kirbyadams

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March 2, 2014 04:12 PM EST

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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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