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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susanelliott

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January 22, 2016

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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samantha15

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March 13, 2015 11:24 AM EDT

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Juvenile gopher tortoise, expected to be less than two years old.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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screws

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January 20, 2016

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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cdmar10

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February 2, 2016 12:53 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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fawnee014

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January 18, 2016 03:24 PM EST

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Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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reallifeecology

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January 10, 2016 05:40 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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gtsalmon

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January 5, 2016 01:53 PM EST

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Active burrow. Occupant not observed.

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tashaadventures

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December 18, 2015 02:39 PM EST

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jbaecher

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December 30, 2015 02:01 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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chrisbrashear

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December 30, 2015 02:26 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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gparkins

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December 28, 2015 01:02 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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justbeachy

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December 26, 2015 10:31 AM 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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