Pocket Gopher
  • The Pocket gopher's main tunnels are usually 5-12 inches below the surface and run between the mounds of dirt visible on the ground's surface.

  • Their name refers to their fur-lined cheeks that act as pockets used to carry food.
  • Food: Pocket gophers are herbivores and prefer above ground plant parts of alfalfa, clover and grass, when they are green and succulent.  Other times they will feed on the roots of plants.
  • Mating:  Spring
  • Gestation: 4 weeks
  • Number of young: 3 to 4 young per litter
  • Number of litters: 1 per year (2 in rare instances)
  • Pocket gophers are sexually mature after 1 year.