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Gopher Tortoise

Call for Research and outreach proposals

FWC has funding for gopher tortoise projects! Submission deadline is April 15, 2021.

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.

Report Your Gopher Tortoise Sightings!

Help FWC conserve gopher tortoises and their habitats by reporting your sightings online.