Globally Vulnerable (VU) (Source: IUCN Red List)

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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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jwhittle

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January 22, 2017 01:37 PM EST

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waynehildebrand

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January 18, 2017 12:13 PM EST

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waynehildebrand

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January 20, 2017 01:07 PM EST

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thomasbroxtonjr

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August 19, 2016 03:22 PM EDT

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lucareptile

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July 2, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

Description

Probably run over by a lawnmower :(

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lorax32

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January 15, 2017 04:29 PM EST

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michiko

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January 15, 2017 02:21 PM EST

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Cool observation! This tortoise was seen on the shoulder of the road, and has successfully escaped kidnapping and a domestic dispute. She's even one of the oldest participants of a 50 year telemetry study! Neat to see her alive and roaming.

Here's a little history for this critter:
https://archboldedublog.org/2016/12/12/the-abduction-of-tortoise-1721-part-i/

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cae1

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January 15, 2017 01:04 PM EST

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shrinksteve

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December 12, 2016 02:54 PM EST

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birdnerdjosh

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December 31, 2016 12:20 PM EST

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tony28

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January 13, 2017 12:04 PM EST

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dipperanch

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January 2, 2017 11:57 AM PST

Description

Old shell fragment consisting of several outside scutes. Scrape marks on edges of shell may be from predator or rodent teeth. Not sure if hole in shell is from canine. Occasional holes in ground in general area suggest continued occupation by gopher tortoises. Grassland and oak hammock.

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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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