| The Michoacan Pocket Gopher is known only from a few pine, spruce, and alder forest locations more than a mile high in the Sierra Madre mountains of Michoacan, Mexico. It digs tunnels more than two meters deep and piles up tall mounds of dirt where it starts its excavations. It apparently does not come aboveground to forage and may live almost its entire life underground. It was once plentiful, but as farms have spread up the slopes of the mountains, Cratogeomys tylorhinus, the Naked-nosed Pocket Gopher, has expanded its range. The Michoacan Pocket Gopher cannot compete with this rival species, and is endangered.
Head and Body: 200-250 mm; Tail:90-120 mm
Merriam, C.H., 1895. North American Fauna, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 8:196.
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