Botta's Pocket Gopher
Thomomys bottae

credit: NPS

One of the world’s most variable small mammals, usually has a unique purple tinge to the flanks. Ranges from dark blackish brown through various shades of reddish and yellowish browns, pale grays, and yellows, to nearly white. Ventral coloration usually mirrors that of back. Patches of white on throat, chest, or abdomen are not uncommon. Body color is tied to soil color. Dark patches behind ear are most evident in lightly colored individuals.

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