Pocket Gopher


Pocket Gophers are medium-sized rodents ranging from 21 to 38cm long and weighing between 94 and 104 grams. They have large, fur-lined cheek pouches they use to carry food through their underground tunnels. Pocket gophers have stout forefeet with large claws and continuous growing incisor teeth that are always exposed. They have small, yet very functional, ears and eyes. A nearly naked tail allows them to be able to navigate backgrounds quickly through its tunnel. Colours can range from nearly black to pale brown to white.

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