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

The Gopher’s Senses (Vision, Hearing, and Smell)

Gophers are furry rodents most frequently found in North and Central America. Even though considered pests, they are a crucial part of the ecosystem as they incorporate plant and fecal materials into the soil, improving its fertility. These tiny rodents are known for their digging behavior. They spend most of their time underground and hardly … Read more

Gophers In The Winter (How Do They Deal With The Cold?)

Pocket gophers, or simply gophers, are quite different compared to other mammals when it comes to their adaptive behaviors during the winter season. These burrowing rodents from the Geomyidae family are a very resilient bunch.  Gophers are quite the “busybodies” due to the fact that they are very active all throughout the year. No heat … Read more

What Do Gophers Eat? (Your Questions Answered)

Gophers are burrowing rodents known for tunneling through the ground. They’re found throughout North America in the wild and, probably, in your gardens. While you likely know that gophers love to dig underground, you may also want to know what gophers eat. Since they spend most of their time underground, gophers mostly eat the thick, … Read more

How Gophers Move Around (Can They Climb, Jump, Swim, and Run?)

Gophers are small, furry animals found in North and Central America. They live in the woodlands and grass prairies of coastal and mountainous regions.  They are fossorial rodents that are known for their excessive underground digging and tunneling. However, can gophers also perform other locomotor activities such as climbing and jumping? Let’s explore how these … Read more