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Northern Pocket Gopher
Thomomys talpoides

Pocket Gophers
Pocket Gopher Family (Geomyidae)

Measurement: Size: 22-23 cm Weight: 140-145 g (4.9-5.1 oz)

Description: Don't look too hard for the northern pocket gopher, you're not likely to see it. Few animals spend so much time under ground than this diminutive rodent. The most common sign is a sinuous ridge of dirt left behind by their excavations. They have a mole-like nose, long claws and a hairless tail. Their coats are gray above and white underneath. They use their large incisors to help excavate their extensive tunnel systems, but to avoid getting dirt in their mouth, their lips close behind the incisors. If that isn't strange enough, like squirrels they have large cheek pouches to temporarily store food, but unlike squirrels, the pouches open from the outside. They use their paws to fill the pouches.

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