Cut-away view of Botta's pocket gopher in a burrow

Cut-away view of Botta's pocket gopher in a burrow


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Botta's pocket gopher. Cut-away view of a Botta's pocket gopher (Thomomys bottae) and its nest in a series of tunnels in its burrow. These burrow systems, usually occupied by a single gopher, may cover an area as large as 200 square metres. The tunnels are usually around 20 centimetres beneath the surface, although nests and food storage chambers may be as deep as 2 metres. These gophers mainly eat roots and fleshy plants they encounter while digging. They find the food using their well-developed sense of smell. They rarely venture onto the ground, and never stray far from their holes. Botta's pocket gophers reach about 30 centimetres in length, and may live for 3 years.

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