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Gopher Tortoise

A Gopher Tortoise crawls near the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center December 7, 2007 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Gopher Tortoise Threatened, No Money For Federal Protection

Florida’s gopher tortoise population deserves to be added to the nation’s list of endangered and threatened species but funding shortages could delay the listing for years, federal wildlife officials said on Tuesday