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Gopher Tortoise

The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a long-lived, terrestrial turtle found in upland habitats throughout Florida. This keystone species digs burrows that are used by more than 360 other animals. Read about gopher tortoise research conducted by our staff.
Image by Cliff Leonard



Recent Research

FWRI researchers recently completed a study of the long-term population dynamics of gopher tortoises.

Publications

Publications of research conducted or funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Relevant Websites

Find more information about the gopher tortoise.

Gopher Tortoise: A Photo Set on Flickr

View images of juvenile and adult gopher tortoises and their burrows in this photo set on Flickr.


FWC Facts:
The life expectancy for Gulf sturgeon is 20-42 years. The oldest age documented for a tagged and recaptured Suwannee River Gulf sturgeon is about 27-28 years.

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