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Western Pocket Gopher Thomomys mazama


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Western Pocket Gopher
credit: Leonardo Weiss/CCSA

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Family: Geomyidae, Pocket Gophers view all from this family

Description Richly colored gopher with pale to dark reddish-brown back and gray underparts tipped with buff. Some individuals on dark soils are darker colored. Has long ears for a gopher. Below the ear is a black patch of fur five to six times the area of the ear.

Dimensions 191-233mm, 53-78mm, 75-125g

Habitat Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Grasslands & prairies

Range California, Northwest

Discussion Uses deep humic volcanic soils of alpine meadows and small glacial prairies.