Gopher tortoises are long-lived reptiles that occupy upland habitat throughout Florida including forests, pastures, and yards. They dig deep burrows for shelter and forage on low-growing plants. Gopher tortoises share their burrows with more than 350 other species, and are therefore referred to as a keystone species. In Florida, the gopher tortoise is listed as Threatened. Both the tortoise and its burrow are protected under state law. Gopher tortoises must be relocated before any land clearing or development takes place, and property owners must obtain permits from the FWC before capturing and relocating tortoises.
I posted this as I was fortunate to receive an inquiry from someone who encountered a gopher tortoise in their yard and wondered whether it was a pet or if they could adopt it. They asked as to the type of tortoise it was. They cannot as it is a protect species in Florida. It is a very lucky person who has a gopher tortoise and a burrow in their yard, but you may not domesticate it.
I am sure this example happens at other times, hence I post the FWC information as a guide. Make your homes native animal friendly.