Geomys bursarius (Plains Pocket Gopher)
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Habitat: Areas of sandy or moist alluvial soils.

Habits: Gophers are fossorial (burrowers) and spend little to no time above ground. They construct complex tunnel systems underground. Sites of activity are indicated by a mound of dirt. Gophers eat underground plant parts that they carry back using their external fur-lined cheek pouches. Since the incisors protude through the lips, the lips can be shut behind the teeth, which the animal uses in digging; thus, no dirt enters the mouth. Litters average three to four young. The distribution of this species is correlated strongly with the distribution of suitable soil types. Gophers are quite territorial.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

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