As gophers are mammals, they can contract and transmit rabies. As a rule of thumb, all mammals have the potential to contract and transmit rabies. For more information on specifics surrounding the viral disease, check out the link below!
Yes, gophers can have rabies, but it is rare. Similar to other small rodents, including mice, rats, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, and hares, they rarely have rabies and are not known to have transmitted rabies to humans. Regardless, you should always consult with your physician regarding bites from these animals. Depending on circumstances, the animal may need to be humanely destroyed and the brain tested for rabies. Bites or saliva exposure from other larger rodents such as muskrats or groundhogs are more likely to result in a rabies exposure.
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