In the deserts of Central Asia lives the yellow gopher and differs from other gophers by its large size and sandy-yellow color with a small admixture of black hair.
The adult yellow gopher occupies an individual feeding area, the boundaries of which are marked and protected. One way of notifying that an area is occupied is unusual for other gophers. The animal runs up to a mound of soil near one of its burrows and makes several digs with its front paw. The soil is thrown upward, forming a sand fountain that is clearly visible from a distance.
Photo: Masha Gritsina