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
FWRI researchers recently completed a study of the long-term population dynamics of gopher tortoises.
Publications of research conducted or funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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View images of juvenile and adult gopher tortoises and their burrows in this photo set on Flickr.