Geomyidae – Gophers

Small but mighty: packet gophers are underground mammals that pack a punch despite their shrinking habitat

Sure, they are small enough to fit easily inside the palm of your hand. But try holding a pocket gopher; it will use every millimeter of its body and fight like the dickens to get out of your hand and back into the ground. Pocket gophers are solitary, anxious, and ready to fight at a moment’s notice.

They hate the outside world and spend most of their lives below the ground. Pocket gophers weigh around a few hundred grams; some can even weigh as much as one kilogram. Being rodents, they have massive incisors which are ever-growing.