| Hispid and Giant Pocket Gophers are found in some of the same locations, and it can be hard to distinguish them from each other in the wild. The fur of the Giant Pocket Gopher tends to be long and shiny, and the fur of the Hispid Pocket Gopher is shorter and duller. Scientists can pinpoint differences in their upper incisor teeth and skull features. Both species can be locally common in forested or agricultural areas.
Hispid Pocket Gophers dig tunnels that are about 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter. Threatened individuals may make clicking noises with their teeth. Little is known about reproduction, but one pregnant female was found to be carrying two embryos. Pocket gophers are hard to trap, and because of their underground lifestyle, they are notoriously hard to observe in the field.
Head and Body: 180-266 mm; Tail 62-98 mm
Le Conte, J., 1852. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 6:158.
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