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Scientific name: Geomyidae

Average Size: Gophers can vary greatly in size, ranging from 5-14 inches.

Commonly found: In yards and gardens

Diet: Gophers are herbivores – feeding mostly on roots and plant matter.

General characteristics and facts:

  • Gopher tunnels can be detected by raised ridges above ground.  Unlike mole tunnels, gopher tunnels are further under ground, and are usually detected by the presence of  a horseshoe-shaped mound next to a hole – leading down into the tunnel
  • Gophers have large, long front teeth and the body of a round, medium-sized rodent – similar to a guinea pig
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