Gophers vs. Moles

You may have recently noticed holes appearing throughout your backyard or near your workplace and wondered whether a gopher or mole is causing the damage. While it can be challenging to tell if you have moles or gophers at first, there are a few telltale ways to distinguish them based on their appearance, diet and behavior, as well as the mounds they make and the damage they create.  Difference Between Gophers and Moles in Appearance  Moles are about 6 to 8 inches long and belong to the shrew family. These mammals have long claws, paddle-like forefeet, pointed snouts and cylindrical bodies. Moles have tiny eyes and soft fur that varies in color from gray to brown. Their fur texture helps them back up through a tunnel without soil becoming trapped in their coats. Gophers, also known as pocket gophers, are a bit bigger than moles — they average about 12 inches — and have fur-lined pouches external to their mouths. Gophers have whiskers, strong...
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