Wild Florida Photo - Gopherus polyphemus

Click on the thumbnail to open the full size photo.

Click any of the thumbnails above to view the full sized photo in a lightbox.
Once opened, click on the right or left side of the images to scroll through the other images above.

Gopherus polyphemus

GOPHER TORTOISE

Florida native

Threatened Florida species
 

The range of gopher tortoises extends through the coastal plain from southwestern South Carolina into eastern Louisiana and through much of Florida, except for the Everglades and Florida Keys. They can be found in almost any upland habitat, although open longleaf pine sandhills and flatwoods appear to be the most suitable.
The shell is typically 25-30 cm (10-12 in.) in length, but can get as long as 40 cm (16 in.). Gopherus polyphemus can live as long as 40 to 60 years. The upper shell(carapace) is brown to tan, with a relatively flat top. The lower shell(plastron) is unhinged and projects out in front, especially in the males. The males often have a somewhat concave plastron. Forelimbs are more developed, heavily scaled, with webless toes suitable for digging. The smaller, stumpy hindlimbs have an elephantine form.
Threats include loss of dry upland habitat from development and suppression of the natural cycle of wildfires, leading to overgrowth of the understory. Gopher tortoises dig extensive burrows, often 12 m (40 ft.) long, for shelter. Over 360 other animal species utilize the burrows of the gopher tortoise and some, such as the Florida mouse, cannot exist without the tortoise burrow.

View online purchase options for Gopher Tortoise #1 by Paul Rebmann View online purchase options for Gopher Tortoise #2 by Paul Rebmann View online purchase options for Young Gopher Tortoise by Paul Rebmann

 
Gopherus polyphemus is a member of the Testudinidae - Tortoises family.
 

A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada

   David L. Pearson; C. Barry Knisley; Daniel P. Duran; Charles J. Kazilek
 Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelinae

Purchases of this ebook made by clicking the image link below help support this website
A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada
More than 2600 species of tiger beetles are found all over the world. In North America there are 116 species of tiger beetle, divided into 153 geographically distinct races. Detailed studies of their natural history, population dynamics, communities, patterns of worldwide species richness, and taxonomy of particular subgroups have produced much information. Tiger beetles are among the most widely investigated groups of insects, especially in terms of their ecology and geographic distribution.The first edition of A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada, published in 2005, has served as a field and natural-history guide to all known species of tiger beetles found in North America above the Mexican border. The 2nd edition is a pleasant and comprehensible handbook of the identification, distribution, natural history, and habitat details of the 116 species of tiger beetles in North America. The updated handbook provides new information including observations of seasonality, range extensions and biology, a newly developed list of common names, and twenty-five artistically pleasing identification color plates. The second edition of A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada provides essential information to recognize and easily identify tiger beetles for established naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


eBooks.com - books at affordable prices 160x600








For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Gopher Tortoise Council

Date record last modified:
Mar 08, 2018









Paragon Sports