Northern Pocket Gopher

Lewis and Clark first discovered the northern pocket gopher. It was discovered on April 9, 1805. These animals are often rich brown or yellowish brown. They are also grayish or closely approaching local soil color and have white markings under chin. They also weigh less than a quarter of a pound (113 grams).

Their habitat consists usually of good soil in meadows or along streams. It most often is in mountains, but also in lowlands.

A special note about the northern pocket gopher is that it rarely appears above ground. It rarely ventures more than 2.5 feet from a burrow entrance. They often have tunnels that extend hundreds of feet where they live, store food and mate.