Geomyidae - pocket gophers
There are 39 species in this family. Pocket gophers are found in North and Central America. They have stout bodies; short tails; big heads; small ears and eyes; and short, but powerful legs with strong digging claws.
Pocket gophers are named for their fur-lined cheek pouches. Their cheek pouches are used to carry food and can be turned inside out!
Pocket gophers build elaborate tunnel systems underground. Their tunnel systems have sleeping chambers, food storage chambers and even bathrooms! Pocket gophers are solitary animals and eat roots and tubers.
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