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Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher Cratogeomys castanops


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Family: Geomyidae, Pocket Gophers view all from this family

Description Large eyes and a single groove in the upper incisors distinguish this species from all other pocket gophers. The upperparts vary from pale yellowish-buff to dark reddish-brown, and the underparts are whitish to bright orange. All hairs are grayish at the base, usually with slightly darker hues on the back.

Dimensions 220-315mm, 60-95mm, ? 385-410g; / 225-290g

Habitat Deserts, Grasslands & prairies, Meadows & fields

Range Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas

Discussion It uses deep sandy soil with few rocks, in both grasslands and more arid habitats.