Friday, December 2, 2011

Pocket Gopher - Red Cliffs, Utah

I hope this is a pocket gopher. I don't have a mammal ID book with me.
 I was sitting at my picnic table in the Red Cliffs Campground here in Utah when this little rodent started coming part way out of its' burrow and  clipping grass and stuffing it in its' pockets. You can see the bulge (pocket) where the grass is stored below and behind its' ear. After it had its' pockets full, it would disappear into its' burrow for a minute to empty its' pockets, and suddenly appear and start the whole process over again. This is the first time I have seen these animals active during the day. They are usually nocturnal.

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