Guest Column: Gopher tortoises

Guest Column: Gopher tortoises

Susan van Hoek
GTM Research Reserve Environmental Educator
Marineland, FL

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the gopher tortoise is the only land tortoise native to the United States, east of the Mississippi — its population is rapidly declining; they are listed as “threatened” in Florida and are candidates for federally “endangered” status. Continue reading