Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Moles, Talpa Europaea
Moles are a common British mammal living almost exclusively underground, although they are capable of moving above ground and even swimming. As well as a means of transportation, the main purpose of the tunnel network is a trap for worms and other invertebrates to fall into.

The mole rarely exceeds 20 cm in length (including a short tail) and has a very smooth dark fur which
can flex in both directions. With very poor eye-sight, the mole navigates and finds food largely by picking up vibrations.

Moles are typically solitary, and both sexes defend their territories vigorously, often coming together just to mate. Moles will often have just the one litter per year, consisting of up to 7 young.

The young are suckled for about a month and leave the nest after about 5 weeks.


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