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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jeanloujustine

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August 2, 2015 12:18 PM EDT

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elkman22

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August 4, 2015 09:55 AM PDT

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dwakefield

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July 11, 2014

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kpmcfarland

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June 26, 2015 10:27 AM EDT

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brian0422

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March 25, 2015 06:27 PM EDT

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These tortoises are so intriguing, so I took a closer look with full respect and caution. Moved him off the trail out of bikers way.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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eustatic1

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June 12, 2015 02:01 PM EDT

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Tortoise in bike path

Lee County, Fl, USA

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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donnak

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June 14, 2014

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Gopher tortoise making headway through the grass at Melrose Landing, FL

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jimjohnson

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April 3, 2015

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jennykarraker

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May 25, 2015 04:19 PM EDT

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By rr track at entrance station. When I took his picture, he motored away quite quickly!

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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agilitycrazy

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May 23, 2015

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Tortoise found wandering shrub land

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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gnevans

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May 25, 2015 04:09 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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efsbioblitz

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May 23, 2015

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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