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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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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the past

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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bobcat19

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February 22, 2015 10:28 AM CST

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This a picture of a burrow entrance.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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ripple_effect

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January 22, 2015 10:16 AM EST

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King or Queen of the hill

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Gopher tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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January 21, 2015 11:43 PM CST

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Burrow

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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January 8, 1998

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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damontighe

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January 6, 2015 02:33 PM MST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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damontighe

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January 6, 2015 07:47 AM MST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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kpmcfarland

Date

December 27, 2014 03:55 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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gtsalmon

Date

October 28, 2013 02:54 PM CDT

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Description

Off roadway on road to Lake Harney. See second image for close up. Imaged only. GTS 1882.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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kpmcfarland

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December 27, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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zanejohnson

Date

December 25, 2014

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Description

Out on the beach near a burrow, Next to one other burrow mate

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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