Find more information about the gopher tortoise.

juvenile gopher tortoise near burrow entrance, caption below
A juvenile gopher tortoise sitting near the entrance 
of its burrow. Photo Credit: Cliff Leonard

FWC Gopher Tortoise Web Page – Learn about gopher tortoise natural history, state rules and regulations, permitting and management.

FWC Gopher Tortoise Management Plan – Read the state management plan for the gopher tortoise.

FWC Imperiled Species Web Page – Find information about the state of Florida’s rules and regulations on state imperiled species.

Gopher Tortoise Council Website External Website – The council provides professional advice for management, conservation and protection of gopher tortoises; encourages the study of the life history, ecology and management of gopher tortoises and other upland species; conducts active public information and conservation education programs; and seeks effective protection of the gopher tortoise and other upland species throughout the southeastern U.S.

Health Evaluation Handbook on Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) External Website – This handbook, produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, provides instructions on what to look for during physical examinations of gopher tortoises and the appropriate actions to take based on the results of the exam.

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