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Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise) adult mortality

September 1, 2021

Gopherus polyphemus has typically high adult survivorship, with some populations reaching a mean annual survivorship of 93.4% (Howell et al. 2019. J. Wildl. Manage. 84:56–65). Instances of adult mortality are not commonly reported outside of large mortality events, and most often result from disease, starvation, dehydration, or chronic stress (Gates et al. 2002. Florida Sci. 65:185–
197; Cozad et al. 2020. Front. Vet. Sci. 7:120). Adult G. polyphemus also have few natural predators, which include Canis familiaris (Domestic Dog), Canis latrans (Coyote), and Lynx rufus (Bobcat; Ashton and Ashton 2008. The Natural History and Management of the Gopher Tortoise—Gopherus polyphemus [Daudin]. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. 275 pp.).

Publication Year 2021
Title Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise) adult mortality
Authors Michael Palandri, Margaret M. Lamont
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Herpetological Review
Index ID 70224610
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center