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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trippettke

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April 14, 2015 10:59 AM EDT

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marymccarley

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April 10, 2014 10:50 AM CDT

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April 11, 2015 11:07 AM CDT

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jonwbecker

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May 31, 2014

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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March 29, 2015 11:45 AM EDT

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lscknwrbiota

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April 14, 2014 03:29 PM EDT

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sckraum

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March 19, 2015 01:03 PM EDT

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ingridjensen

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March 19, 2015

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Description

Top shell of a burrowing tortoise, identified by a golf course worker as an American gopher turtle

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ekaplita

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March 11, 2015 01:36 PM EDT

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etchberm

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March 11, 2015 02:09 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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cdmar10

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March 1, 2015 11:02 AM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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campbayou

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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