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Common Name: Gophers
Common Traits: Color: Brown or soil colored, Shape: Elongated body with tail, Size: 6-8" long with 1-2" tail, Region: Throughout the U.S. common in Texas
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Prevention Methods

  • If you suspect gophers contact IPC Pest for professional treatment
  • Look for suspected mounds or signs
  • Keep lawn groomed on a routine basis

Gophers weigh around 0.5 pounds (230 g), and are about 6–8 inches (150–200 mm) long in body length, with a tail 1–2 inches (25–51 mm) long. A few species reach weights approaching 1 kg (2.2 lb). Within any species, the males are larger than the females and can be nearly double their weight.

Their lifespan is normally one to three years[6] assuming no diseases or predation. The maximum life span for the pocket gopher is approximately five years. Some gophers, such as those in the genus Geomys, have lifespans that have been documented as up to seven years in the wild.

Most gophers have brown fur that often closely matches the color of the soil in which they live. Their most characteristic features are their large cheek pouches, from which the word “pocket” in their name derives. These pouches are fur-lined, and can be turned inside out. They extend from the side of the mouth well back onto the shoulders. They have small eyes and a short, hairy tail, which they use to feel around tunnels when they walk backwards.

Pocket gophers examined by humans have been found to often have external parasites on them. Common predators of the gopher include weasels, snakes and hawks.

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