Pocket Gophers & Their Fur: Full of Fluff

Pocket gopher with whiskers emerging from its hole.

Pocket gophers are tiny burrowing creatures that can be found all over North America. The pocket part of their name comes from the fur-lined cheek pouches they have on each side of the mouth, a convenient place to carry their food. Despite their size, these little guys are filled to the brim with fluff! We’ll … Read more

Are Pocket Gophers Pests? How Do I Repel Them From My Yard and Property?

Pocket gophers are burrowing rodents that play an important role in our ecosystem. By burrowing through the ground, they help aerate the soil and increase soil fertility. However, some people may think gophers are pests because they mess up their gardens and farms. Gophers are not truly pests because they are beneficial to the soil. … Read more

Pocket Gophers and Their Sleeping Behavior

Pocket gophers are rodents from the Geomyidae family known for their seemingly endless supply of energy. Most of North America’s 34 known species of gophers are active throughout the year. You surely would wonder where the gopher gets that seemingly unlimited energy. Many don’t know a lot about the pocket gopher’s sleeping behavior, however. These … Read more

The Gopher’s Teeth, Bite, and Jaw (Questions Answered)

Gophers are fossorial (living underground) rodents that live across North and Central America. Aside from their fur-lined cheek pouches, the gopher’s yellowish large front teeth are one of their most noticeable features. One might think that a small rodent wouldn’t need sharp teeth and a powerful jaw, but that’s not the case for the gopher. … Read more

Gopher Territories (Underground Turf-Wars)

The pocket gophers (Geomys bursarius) are also known to many as gophers. They are fossorial creatures named after their spacious cheek pouches that they use to carry their favorite meal or materials to their burrows. These medium-sized rodents spend most of their time digging a complex network of tunnels in the soils of North and … Read more