Do gophers have poor eyesight?



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    The Pocket Gopher is a burrowing rodent, known for its “fur lined pouch on the outer portion of the mouth.” Being an animal that burrows the Pocket Gopher does not need keen eyesight. The placement of the Gopher’s eyes on the head allows for a wide field of vision. However, the vision itself is poor.  It is important to note that most of the gophers shown in popular culture are actually Ground Squirrels. Ground Squirrel is the name “typically given to rodents who excavate burrows and are associated with open habitats at temperate latitudes in North American and Eurasia as well as arid regions of Africa.” Like the Pocket Gopher, Ground Squirrels also have poor vision. 

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