| Even though it is known as the Giant Pocket Gopher, and is the largest species, this is not a huge animal. It weighs in at about two pounds. Individuals that live in the mountains tend to be larger than those found in lowland habitats. Their coat color varies, too: lowlanders have reddish-brown backs and not much fur on their belies, and highlanders have darker, even blackish, fur. Giant Pocket Gophers can be locally common, especially where there are farms, but little is know about their habits.
Head and Body: 225-285 mm; Tail 85-135 mm
Thomas, O., 1893. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 6, 12:270.
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