Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

Scientific Name

Gopherus polyphemus


Southeastern United States


Sandhills, scrublands, and coastal dunes

What do they eat?

Herbivore; grass and many other plants


IUCN lists as Vulnerable, Florida lists as threatened

Conservation Threats

Primarily habitat destruction from land developing, habitat fragmentation from roads can cause road mortality

Fun Facts
  • Keystone species in Florida- their burrows on average are 15 feet long and 6 feet deep, giving homes and shelter to more than 350 other species!
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