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Gopher Tortoise history

Considered a "Species of Special Concern" in Florida, the Gopher Tortoise is a Keystone Species. That means that the species' destruction will result in obvious changes in the ecosystem. These changes will likely be in the form of other species, such as the Gopher Frog, dying out because they can only live in the Gopher Tortoise's burrows. The Gopher Tortoise can be found on private land and sometimes in federal or military reserves in Florida and southern Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi. In South Carolina and Mississippi, they are listed as an endangered species, and they are listed as protected in Georgia. In Alabama and Louisiana, they are considered a federally threatened species.

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