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Can you tell what type of rodent this is? I thought at first Dusky-footed Woodrat, but the ears seem to be too small. 

Thank you!

Kevin, Santa Barbara - May 19, 2023

Curator Response

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for sharing your mystery rodent. From the photo, this looks like a pocket gopher to me. You might be interested in this earlier query about a pocket gopher, too.

Stay curious, 

Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Krista Fahy, Ph.D.