Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)

Current status is State-designated Threatened in the state of Florida.

The FWC received a petition to re-evaluate the status of the gopher tortoise in 2002.  A team of scientists completed the biological status review in 2006 after a new listing process was implemented.  In 2006, FWC Commissioners agreed that reclassification of the gopher tortoise from Species of Special Concern to Threatened was warranted, and directed staff to work with stakeholders in creating a new management plan for the gopher tortoise.  The drafting process included extensive public involvement as stakeholders worked with FWC staff to finalize the gopher tortoise management plan.  The plan was approved by the Commission at the September 2007 Commission meeting in St. Petersburg, and the gopher tortoise was reclassified as Threatened.  In 2010, the Commission approved new rules for listing imperiled species and the gopher tortoise was listed as State-designated Threatened in Florida.

The gopher tortoise management plan is available for download on the Gopher Tortoise Website.

More information on our Listing Process and biological status reviews for other species is available on our website. Below are links to the original petition of 2002 and the Gopher Tortoise Biological Status Report.

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