Other Names: Salamander derived from nickname, “sandy mounder”
The gopher lives most of its life beneath the surface where it digs a burrow system. A gopher can create large, horseshoe-shaped mounds that may cause damage to passing farm equipment. Additionally, its tunnels often interfere with irrigation systems, dams, fields, and homeowners' gardens.
Outdoors: Main runways are located in underground tunnels up to 18 inches below the surface; nest chambers are up to 5 or 6 feet below surface; attracted to light-textured soils with vegetation production