Monday, January 03, 2011
Shhhhh. We're stalking Geomys pinetus.
Aka, around here at least ... "gopher" or "salamander".
Southeastern Pocket Gopher is the common name for ol' Geomys pinetus.
So, it seems pretty natural for folks to shorten that to just "gopher".
"Salamander" takes more imagination.
That one is a corruption of two words, "Sandy Mounder". Say 'em together fast with a sweet Southern drawl and you come pretty close to "salamander".
If not, you may be lacking in sweetness.
Work on that, okay?
Pocket gophers truly are "sandy mounders". They move A LOT of earth as they burrow beneath the surface of PFHQ.
See those mounds in the picture above ?
The gopher has to remove soil from his tunnels as he creates them.
Every so often, the gopher tunnels up to the surface and kicks out the excess soil, thus producing a chain of mounds that trace the the general path of the tunnel below.
Remember this post?
My "stalkee" was not as cooperative this time, but you do get to see a gopher nose in the last video.
I love it when a plan comes together.
Gee whiz, aren't you glad I narrate these videos with exciting statements like, "That's dirt ..."
You were probably confused until I said that.