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[Summary]Gopher tortoise Gopherus polyphemus Testudo polyphaemus Bartram, 1791 (nomen nudum) Testudo polyphemus Daudin, 1801 Emys polyphemus Schweigger, 1812 Testudo depressa Cuvier, 1829 Gopherus polyphemus Rafinesque, 1832 Testudo gopher Gray, 1844 Xerobate

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Gopher tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus

Testudo polyphaemus Bartram, 1791 (nomen nudum)

Testudo polyphemus Daudin, 1801

Emys polyphemus Schweigger, 1812

Testudo depressa Cuvier, 1829

Gopherus polyphemus Rafinesque, 1832

Testudo gopher Gray, 1844

Xerobates gopher Gray, 1873

Xerobates polyphemus True, 1881

Gopherus praecedens Hay, 1916

Gopher Tortoise

There are many factors in our world that threaten the gopher tortoise's existence. Several years ago, one of the biggest problems was that people enjoyed having tortoises as pets. They would take them from the wild and keep them at home. Even though these animals were usually treated well, they could not reproduce and add new tortoises to the population. Tortoise racing was also popular years ago, but the animals were rarely returned to their original home ranges after the races were over. Since becoming protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, keeping tortoises as pets, racing them, or removing them from their home ranges is illegal.

Basic Facts About Gopher Tortoises

Gopher Tortoise Florida

--OR----OR--Gopher tortoises are so named because of their ability to dig large, deep burrows. These burrows are widely used by other species throughout the ecosystem, making gopher tortoises a keystone species with a pivotal role to play in their native community.

Five Fun Facts about Gopher Tortoises

Florida celebrates nature’s ancient ecosystem engineers

The gopher tortoise has been roaming the upland forests, sandhills and coastal dunes of the deep south for thousands of years. Check out just a few fascinating facts about these amazing reptiles:

“Scrubby” is a good thing

Gopher tortoises live in “scrub” habitat, which are areas of forests, dunes, or other places where the soil is sandy (all the better for digging) and the trees aren’t too close together. When trees grow in tall bunches, the shade they create can make it harder for certain ground-covering plants like grasses, flowers, and cacti to grow – which is exactly what gopher tortoises like to eat.

Gopher Tortoise

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Fact Sheet on Gopher Tortoise, a dry-land turtle | North Florida ESO Jacksonville

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Gopher Tortoise
(Gopherus polyphemus)

Credit - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Gopher tortoises are dry-land turtles that usually live in relatively well-drained, sandy soils generally associated with longleaf pine and dry oak sandhills. They also live in scrub, dry hammock, pine flatwoods, dry prairie, coastal grasslands and dunes, mixed hardwood-pine communities, and a variety of habitats that have been disturbed or altered by man, such as power line rights-of-way, and along roadsides.

Gopher Tortoise Program | Outdoor Alabama

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Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species of the longleaf pine ecosystem, with many species depending on them for survival or

benefitting from their presence. More than 360 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates are known to spend all or a portion of their lives in either active or abandoned gopher tortoise burrows. Some species are completely or largely dependent on these burrows for survival.

Gopher Tortoise Day – April 10th

Help Celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day in Florida

April 10th was officially adopted by the Gopher Tortoise Council as Gopher Tortoise Day! In Florida, gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 counties and are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida’s public parks and forests. The goal of Gopher Tortoise Day is to increase awareness and appreciation for these long lived, gentle reptiles.

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Florida Panther | Basic Facts About Florida Panthers | Defenders of Wildlife

The Florida panther is tawny brown on the back and pale gray underneath. It is one of 32 Puma concolor subspecies known by many names – puma, cougar, mountain lion, painter, catamount and panther.

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Florida panthers once prowled and flourished in woodlands and swamps throughout the Southeast. When European settlers arrived in the 1600s, the clear-cutting, building and other human activities that destroy, degrade and fragment habitat began, and the fear and misconceptions that led to panther persecution took root. Today, the panther is recognized as Florida’s official state animal but it is one the most endangered mammals on Earth.

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Guide To Incubating Turtle and Tortoise Eggs

Low Humidity Methods

Eggs from tortoises from dry regions and highly terrestrial turtles that lay hard-shelled eggs can be successfully incubated using the following methods:

• Bird egg incubators are popular and readily available. Because they have a thermostat they can maintain a constant temperature throughout incubation.

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