Valley Pocket Gopher

Thomomys bottae

Thomomys bottae photo © by Robert Shantz

On a grassy terrace adjacent to the Verde River, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 21 April 2012.

In the Sonoran Desert, Round-tailed Ground Squirrels are often misidentified as gophers. However, true gophers, like the Valley Pocket Gopher, almost never appear above ground. The view here, with just a head peeking out of the burrow is infrequently seen.

Geomyidae -- Pocket Gopher Family

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