Getting the Best of J
Our newest team member has stepped in to show our Warehouse Manager a thing or two.
As our Resident Gopher, Gary has taken on the role of JJ’s nemesis. And thus far, he’s got the upper hand, creating more holes than JJ can sink in corn hole.
“I love working with the team at Neotech,” Gary said. “Especially JJ. He makes my job so much easier.”
Before joining Neotech, Gary worked at several golf courses and parks. In his spare time, he enjoys devising new ways to torment JJ. He is truly Making a Difference in our planters.
Gophers weigh around 200 grams (1⁄2 lb), and are about 15–20 cm (6–8 in) in body length, with a tail 2.5–5 cm (1–2 in) long. A few species reach weights approaching 1 kg (2.2 lb). Within any species, the males are larger than the females and can be nearly double their weight.
Average lifespans are one to three years. The maximum lifespan for the pocket gopher is about five years. Some gophers, such as those in the genus Geomys, have lifespans that have been documented as up to seven years in the wild.
Most gophers have brown fur that often closely matches the color of the soil in which they live. Their most characteristic features are their large cheek pouches, from which the word “pocket” in their name derives. These pouches are fur-lined, can be turned inside out, and extend from the side of the mouth well back onto the shoulders. Gophers have small eyes and a short, hairy tail, which they use to feel around tunnels when they walk backwards.