Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher
Cratogeomys castanops

Regional distribution map for Cratogeomys castanops



Yellow-faced pocket gophers are fossorial and are morphologically well adapted for burrowing. They are active throughout the year, especially in autumn. This seasonal trend seems to be correlated with breeding and feeding behaviors (Chase et al., 1982). Cratogeomys tends to be very territorial and individuals are notably intolerant of others except during the breeding season. They also exhibit diurnal behavior in that they tend to feed and burrow throughout the day. Pocket gophers are sometimes considered to be pests by farmers because they will eat crops such as beans, potatoes, and corn (Walker, 1983).

Literature Cited

Chase, J. D., W. E. Howard, J. J. Rosebury. 1982 Pocket gophers (Geomyidae). Pp. 239-255, in Wild mammals of North America (J. A. Chapman and G. A. Feldhammer, eds.), pp. 239–255. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Walker, E.P. 1983. Mammals of the World (4th edition). The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 552 pp.

Heather Jasso, March 2000.


Last Update: 19 Jul 2009