Gopher is a small, burrowing mammal of the family Geomyidae. The gopher is native to North and Central America. They have thick, furry coats that are typically brown or gray in color. They mostly live in burrows underground, but can also be found in trees or on the ground. Gophers are herbivores and generally feed on plants and roots. Gophers are generally shy and reclusive animals. They are also considered to be pests by many people because of their habit of digging holes in yards and gardens. Gophers also are known to carry diseases that can be harmful to humans and other animals.