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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marykeim

Date

July 12, 2014 08:51 AM EDT

Description

Econ River Wilderness Area, Seminole County, FL, July 2014.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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gldearman

Date

August 20, 2015 11:35 AM EDT

Description

Do not handle gopher tortoises! This tortoise is in my hand only because I had just extracted it from a dog's mouth. I couldn't put it down safely until the dogs were removed by another person. Fortunately, the tortoise was unharmed, and was released at the spot where the dog had found it.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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alissa6

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August 22, 2016 04:43 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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ryanm2

Date

October 29, 2015 01:02 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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marykeim

Date

October 21, 2015 11:01 AM EDT

Description

Orlando Wetlands Park, Orange County, FL, October 2015.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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marykeim

Date

October 21, 2015 11:01 AM EDT

Description

Orlando Wetlands Park, Orange County, FL, October 2015.

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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margaretlane

Date

August 20, 2016 10:13 AM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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juddpatterson

Date

December 1, 2007 02:25 PM EST

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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mrspbio

Date

August 18, 2016 08:22 PM EDT

Description

This fellow was marching along the park drive at Silver Springs State Park,

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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zak

Date

August 18, 2016 11:44 AM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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terim420

Date

May 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

Description

Gopherus polyphemus

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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August 17, 2016 04:40 PM EDT
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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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