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Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia/Corbis
Northern Pocket Gopher

Thomomys talpoides rufescens

Subspecies of Pocket Gopher



First Noted by Expedition
April 9, 1805, at the mouth of the Knife River, North Dakota.
 

Description
Color varies greatly: often rich brown or yellowish brown, but also grayish or closely approaching local soil color. White markings under chin.
 

Habitat
Usually, good soil in meadows or along streams; most often in mountains, but also in lowlands.
 

Range
Southern British Columbia to southern Manitoba, and south to northeastern California and northern Nevada, through most of Colorado to isolated portions of northern Arizona and northern New Mexico; east to western Nebraska and through most of North and South Dakota.
 

Note
The northern pocket gopher seldom appears aboveground; when it does, it rarely ventures more than 2.5 ft (0.75 m) from a burrow entrance.

Species information from enature.com
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