Gopher Tortoises are listed as a “threatened” species and are “federally protected” by the USFWS. This means that land occupied by Gopher Tortoises must undergo the process of surveying, mitigation, and relocation in order to ensure that the impact on the species is reduced. Gopher Tortoises are protected due to the fact that their signature half-moon burrows provide shelter for other protected species such as Rattlesnakes and Gopher Frogs. If these burrows are found on your property, you must undertake the process of applying to the USFWS for a relocation permit, a process that may take up to a couple of months.
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