Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

Scientific Name

Gopherus polyphemus

Range

Southeastern United States

Habitats

Sandhills, scrublands, and coastal dunes

What do they eat?

Herbivore; grass and many other plants

Status

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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