- Common Name(s): Mole, Eastern Mole
- Order: Insectivora
- Family: Talpidae
- Common Species: Scalopus aquaticus
- Commonly Confused With: Voles, Gopher, Woodchuck/Groundhogs
How to Identify?
Moles are subterranean (live underground) creatures. They have fat, often tan, brown, or black bodies. They do not have visible eyes or ears but they do possess both organs. Their fur is soft and feels like velvet. The front feet are thick and broad with long claws for digging while the back feet are short and small. They have long, pointed snouts and only weigh 0.1-0.15 pounds.
Where do they live?
Moles live their lives burrowing and tunneling underground in search of food.
What do they eat?
Moles eat insects and earthworms that they find while burrowing through the soil. Usually, they prefer to eat insect larvae (juveniles) but will eat adult insects without hesitation.
What do they do?
Moles can be beneficial by aerating the soil and killing off nuisance insect pests. However, moles can damage yards with their tunnels and make unsightly mounds in the yard.
There is a star-nosed mole which, as the name would imply, has a very cool star-shaped nose. See the photo below!
- Texas Tech University. (n.d.). The Mammals of Texas-Eastern Mole. Retrieved December 26, 2018, from http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/scalaqua.htm
- Brittingham, M. C., & Williams, L. M. (2007, June 10). Moles. Retrieved December 26, 2018, from https://extension.psu.edu/moles
Author: G. Wyatt West– B.S.E.S University of Georgia 2017; Board Certified Entomologist
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