Wondering about the post title? To clear up any confusion, we’ll dig right into this essay and give you the dirt on the words of the week. They are
Why such weird words? Because we found this
in Carpenter Country this week.
Yep, that’s a mound of dirt. Can you guess what created this mighty fine mound of dirt? We dug up a mug shot of the culprit as a hint.
Still not sure? Okay, here’s another hint. These wily little critters eat plant roots (herbivory), live to tunnel (they’re fossorial) and can move more than a ton of sandy earth in a single year. The tunneling aerates and enriches the soil, and the abandoned tunnels shelter snakes, turtles, and lizards, as well as small mammals.
Give up? If you live in the southeast you might call this mighty excavator a pocket gopher, a “sandy mounder”, a salamander, or if you want to get specific, Geomys pinetis.
We call our environmental engineer Digger, because that’s what a pocket gopher does best, and we were so impressed with Digger’s digging we featured her in this week’s book bubble.
What did you dig into this week?