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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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

john11

Date

March 10, 2000

Place

Old Venus (Google, OSM)

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No photos or sounds

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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debbiek

Date

March 29, 2014 05:00 PM EDT

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Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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jwhittle

Date

February 28, 2014 03:42 PM EST

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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ericswanson

Date

January 19, 2014 02:16 PM CST

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

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matthewfisher338

Date

May 30, 2012 08:17 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

bryanjbd

Date

October 27, 2013

Description

On October 27, 2013 we took a second walk around the Forest Nature Center, Broward County, Fl.

XplorMor got a picture of a Gopher Tortoise.

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

sullivanribbit

Date

February 29, 2004

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

gladduemom

Date

August 11, 2013 07:30 PM EDT

Description

Took this photo on the Legacy Trail near Central Sarasota Parkway in Sarasota, Fl at sunset on 8/11/13. Is this a gopher tortoise?

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What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

kbayliss2010

Date

August 26, 2013 05:23 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

vfazio

Date

August 10, 2013

Photos / Sounds

What

Gopher Tortoise Gopherus polyphemus

Observer

tonyg

Date

the past
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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