How Big Can GOPHERS Get?

Gophers are medium-sized rodents with fur-lined pouches outside of their mouths. They average around 12 inches in length, vary in color and have four large incisor teeth that are always exposed. They have short necks and strong forefeet with long claws used for digging. Gophers have small eyes and ears, whiskers and sparsely-haired tails to help them navigate through their tunnels.

Where Do GOPHERS Typically Nest?

Gophers live in a burrow system that can cover an area that is 200 to 2,000 square feet. The burrows are about 2½ to 3½ inches in diameter. Feeding burrows are usually 6 to 12 inches below ground, and the nest and food storage chamber can be as deep as 6 feet, depending on soil type.

How Often Do GOPHERS Reproduce?

 Gophers breed only once or twice a year, typically in the spring. Female gophers give birth to three or four young per litter after a gestation period of less than three weeks. The young develop rapidly and by five weeks are weaned and ready to establish their own burrows.

What Are The Signs of a GOPHER Infestation?

A good indicator of gopher activity is the opening of the holes. If a hole is plugged with fluffy, fresh dirt that typically means a gopher is inside and still digging. Otherwise, the burrow system has likely been vacated. Moles create cone-shaped mounds about 2 inches in diameter on the surface.


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