Cheek Pouches


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Cheek Pouches

 

saclike dilatations of the vestibule of the oral cavity in some marsupials, many rodents, and the majority of catarrhine monkeys; they serve for the temporary storage of food, which enters the cheek pouches from the oral cavity.

Cheek pouches are usually found in the neck region; if they are very highly developed they extend to the shoulders (in hamsters). Pocket gophers have so-called false cheek pouches outside the oral cavity that are in fact in-pouchings of the skin. Their inner surface is covered with hairs. They open outward along the corners of the mouth; the animals fill them with food, using their paws.

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Kangaroo rats and their desert cousins, pocket mice, share another feature that helps them survive in the desert: external cheek pouches that they use to temporarily store their food.
This chipmunk is most likely gathering seeds inside of its stretchy cheek pouches.
And then, after the boy had stuffed his face with as much of the chocolate as his cheek pouches could take and we had filled our suitcases with the rest, they went and refilled the whole lot the following day.
THE cheek pouches are not fixed in place and can become turned inside out (eversion).
If you do intend breeding, then remember that the female will often carry her young about in her cheek pouches and will only harm them if you try to remove them.