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Citation. Zinnel, K. C.; Tester, J. R. 1991. Implanting radio transmitters in plains pocket gophers. Prairie Naturalist 23(1):35-40.   [1223  LTER]

Abstract. Implantation and removal of transmitters in pocket gopher peritoneal cavities under field conditions proved successful in 25 of 27 experimental surgeries. Weight loss in the first days following surgery never exceeded 11% of total body weight. Females tended to show greater losses than males, but recovery times were equivalent. Gophers were mobile within two hours after surgery, and healing was completed in two to three days. Gophers in captivity were capable of constructing one mound per hour within 12 hours after surgery. Gophers survived multiple surgeries, and some showed long-term weight gain while carrying transmitters. Overall, peritoneal implantation is a satisfactory method of attaching transmitters to pocket gophers.


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