Gopher Identification Guide
Learn What Gophers Look Like, What They Eat, Etc.
What Is a Gopher?
- Have fur-lined pouches on outside of cheeks that they use to transport and store food or materials for nests, where they get their "pocket" name from
- Range in size from about 6 to 14 inches long and can weigh up to a pound
- Are dark brown to black in color, with light colored fur on front of body, with white paws and white tails
- Have small eyes and ears
- Have large claws on front paws
- Have a flat head and stocky body
What Do Gophers Eat?
Sometimes they'll drag entire plants into the tunnel, or feed above ground a very short distance away from the tunnel entrance.
A gopher mound is not round, but shaped as a fan or a kidney bean. They're about 1 to 2 feet in diameter and can be up to a foot high. The mounds are not connected by surface tunnels, like mole hills are, but gopher hills are generally built in a line.
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