Mary T. Mendonca

Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, AL 36849

Status of Historical Translocations of Gopher Tortoises Outside of Their Geographic Range in Central Alabama

SEAFWA Journal Volume 11, March 2024

The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a species of concern in the southeastern United States, and its distribution is within the range of the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris). One conservation strategy within the state of Alabama has been translocation of adult tortoises to other areas with longleaf pine and sandy soils, including areas outside the current accepted species’ range. Prior examples of such tortoise translocations occurred in two counties in central Alabama: one in the 1960s in Macon County and another in the 1980s in Autauga County. Both introductions...