Gophers and Hybernation
Do gophers hibernate?
Both ground squirrels, of which there are a number of species in North
America, and pocket gophers are called gophers, as are groundhogs,
occasionally . In Ohio, you should have the 13-lined ground squirrel,
which does hibernate in the winter, but the pocket gophers are usually
found further west and south. There are reports that some pocket gophers
estivate, which is a period of torpor in the summer rather than winter.
Thanks for asking NEWTON!
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Update: June 2012