Color: Varies (brown, black, or grey)
Shape: Stocky, burrowing rodent with strong forelimbs
Size: 5-14 inches long
Gophers are fossorial, meaning they are adapted for burrowing. They are active year-round and spend much of their time underground.
They create extensive tunnel systems in the soil, which can disrupt plant roots and cause damage to gardens, lawns, and agricultural crops.
While gophers do not pose direct threats to humans, they can cause significant damage to landscapes and agricultural areas.
To prevent gopher damage, install barriers around gardens, use gopher-proof containers for plants, and consider using traps or repellents.