- Jun 2, 2016
So I have a question... I live in Florida and I see Gopher tortoises quite often. I want one. But that's besides the point... if I so happen to see a gopher tortoise wandering near the road (which I see sometimes) would it be illegal to take the tortoise and bring it home? Once I saw one that was huffing and heaving like it had a respiratory problem, but I didn't take it. I'm pretty darn sure I could give it a good life... I just want to know if it's legal!!! Are gopher tortoises endangered... and does that mean I shouldn't rescue one ? Just curious as to your opinions.