Moles

Identification

Cylindrical body and is around 120mm long. Females are typically smaller than males. The eyes are small and hidden behind fur, while the ears are just small ridges in the skin. The fur is usually dark grey, but they can range in color due to living mainly underground.

Habitat & Breeding

Moles live in an underground tunnel system, dug and expanded by themselves. They use these tunnels to hunt their prey. Under normal conditions the displaced earth is pushed to the surface, resulting in the characteristic molehills. They feed mainly on earthworms, but also on insects, centipedes and even mice and shrews. Their saliva contains toxins which paralyze earthworms in particular. While moles are typically found in tunnel systems, it is not exclusively an underground dweller. In the spring and early summer when the young moles leave the mother's burrows they must find new territory. This forces them to leave their burrow and they can either make new tunnel systems or enter existing systems. Moles have also been found to spend a lot of time at the sides of drainage lines and streams but do not inhabit flooded or dry soils. Has only one relatively short breeding season occuring in the spring. Mating occurs over a span of a few weeks in March and April, followed by a gestation period of 4–5 weeks. The litter size ranges from 2–7 and they leave the nest after around 4-5 weeks.

Control Information

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