Hello folks who wonder if high-speed internet and free 2-day shipping should be added to the list of basic needs for every human that already includes food, clothing and shelter,

Why do we have pockets in our pants?

Well, that depends on their size. For some of us, so that we can store our smartphones, masks, wallets while for some of us, so that we can store a couple of pennies and a quarter.

Whatever be the case, it is hard to argue pockets are a handy storage option when you want to store the train ticket, a handy mask for your grocery trip or your gateway drug of choice - smartphones for most of us, but who am I to judge if it is otherwise.

And this becomes a problem when storing things in our pockets becomes second nature and we forget to remove it's contents before starting the laundry cycle or entering the TSA body scanners.

Introducing Pocket Gophers. At first you might immediately put two and two together and assume they are so called because they are tiny and cute and can easily fit in your front pocket. Alas that is not the case.


Pocket Gophers haven't heard of Reusable Grocery bags and will use compartments along their cheeks(also called pockets) to store food when travelling from the food source to its living room where they can sit on their couch and enjoy their food with a glass of wine. 
That explains why they have chubby cheeks and it is not because they have fallen off the diet wagon during the shelter-in place period.


These gophers do not have good eyesight or hearing, hence will rely on their sense of touch using their whiskers and their sense of smell to locate food and detect predators in the burrows. It makes sense doesn't it, if they are not going to use a flashlight while tunneling what is the purpose of a 20-20 vision.
Also notice their large dirty incisor that they use for digging. Kids, this is the color your teeth will turn into if you eat all the Halloween candy in one night and don't brush them afterwards.


What comes to your mind when you think of a snail?
Let me guess, a shell, and eyes at the tip of its tentacles. Well that might be true of terrestrial snails like the one shown below.


Aquatic snails are different from their terrestrial cousins not just based on the swimwear they wear everyday but also the location of their eyes. Unlike the land snails, aquatic snails have eyes on the base of their tentacles and instead of 4 tentacles, they have just 2. Less is more for these aquatic snails.
Below is an Acute Bladder Snail flaunting its eyes and two tentacles.


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