Botta's Pocket Gopher
It's not hard to find gophers in these parts. This one is enjoying a patch of strawberries in the Westmont Garden. While often viewed as a pest--and indeed, they can do a great deal of damage to the landscape--these small native mammals do a great to deal loosen the hard soil, and their burrows provide habitats for a wide range of species, particularly reptiles.
Photo Credit: Amanda Sparkman