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Geomys texensis

Central Texas Pocket Gopher

Order: Rodentia
Family: Geomyidae

 

Conservation Status: Least Concern.


One of several species of pocket gophers residing in Texas and adjacent regions, the Central Texas Pocket Gopher stands out as one of the smallest. Its back is russet brown in color grading to paler along its sides. A dark dorsal strip runs from head to rump, and its belly is white, as are its feet. Typical for a pocket gopher, the Central Texas Pocket Gopher lives alone in its own burrow system, which it maintains through considerable effort. One litter of two or three young a year is typical. The newborns have no fur, their eyes are sealed shut, and they are helpless.

Also known as:
Llano Pocket Gopher

Length:
Range: 185-272 mm

Weight:
Range: 125-212 g males; 105-165 g females

References:

Merriam, 1895. Monographic revision of the pocket gophers, family Geomyidae (exclusive of the species of Thomomys). North American Fauna 8:1-258.

Links:

Mammal Species of the World

Mammalian Species, American Society of Mammalogists' species account

Distribution of Geomys texensis