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May 2002
Biology and Control of Rodents in Vineyards
by Terrell P. Salmon
Pocket GophersPocket gophers (Thomomys spp.) are stout-bodied, short-legged rodents, well adapted for burrowing. Their common name is derived from the fur-lined external cheek pouches, or pockets, used to carry food and nesting materials. The pocket gopher's lips close behind its four large incisor teeth, keep dirt out of its mouth when it is using its teeth for digging. They live by themselves in an extensive underground burrow system that can cover an area of several hundred square feet. These...
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