Gophers, also called "pocket gophers," are small North and Central American rodents, measuring about 1.5 to 2cm, with a small tail of about 0.5cm. They owe their name not to their pocket size but to the fur-lined pockets on their cheeks, extending from the side of their mouths to their back and shoulders.
They use these cheeks to transport food back to their larders, through the maze of tunnels they create, justifying their presence on this list. In general, gophers are loners and inhabit their own tunnel system, though they may share burrows if in close proximities to other gophers. These tunnel systems are very large and intricate, and it is often hard to locate gopher tunnels from the surface.
What you may not know: They can exert up to 18,000 pounds (over 8,000 kilograms!) of pressure with their bite.
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