Mole

Mole

The labels show the front of the mole with the larger claws. Seen in summer: More on the mole

Keys for scale.

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Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

josh's picture
josh says:

i just caught a rodent in my bath tub. i think it may have been a mole. why would it have come in the house? anyone know if this is common? i should mention, it is a rainy night.

posted on Wed, 10/31/2007 - 8:01pm
fabio's picture
fabio says:

kool

posted on Fri, 07/20/2007 - 3:13pm
frylock's picture
frylock says:

do moles ever bury into basements?
'cause there is a hole in ours aand we're not sure what made it

posted on Wed, 06/13/2007 - 1:36pm
katie's picture
katie says:

what do the moles eat?

posted on Fri, 09/01/2006 - 10:07am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Katie,

Moles eat mostly earthworms and grubs.

posted on Fri, 09/01/2006 - 10:37am
Chuck Noris's picture
Chuck Noris says:

they also eat things out of my garden which really sucks

posted on Mon, 09/04/2006 - 12:23pm
Nataliya's picture
Nataliya says:

Have you killed the animals in the pictures, or just found them dead? I like seeing the pictures, but feel bad because they're dead or stuffed.

posted on Thu, 08/03/2006 - 3:25pm
Olivia's picture
Olivia says:

i am asking the same thing is it dead or stuffed or both!

posted on Sat, 06/16/2007 - 1:42pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I asked Dick Oehlenschlager, our biology collections manager, where the animals came from. Here's what he had to say:

"I get this question a lot! The specimens displayed were donations recieved from people who removed them from their lawns, gardens, and croplands where they are unprotected by any laws and are or can be economic pests.

There are no easy, simple ways of live-trapping the animals and releasing them elsewhere. Even IF this were done, the individuals placed in new surroundings would be at a severe disadvantage because of the competition from territorial individuals already there. And these species are basically short-lived ones that are commonly killed violently in natural conditions by predators.

These donations provide many useful functions beyond the exhibits, such as providing DNA samples, studies of their life histories, genetic variations, molts, periods of reproduction and litter sizes. They have been examined by artists, who look for colors, patterns and fine details. Sculptors have consulted them for proportions, sizes, etc. And there likely will be new uses in the future that are unknown now."

posted on Mon, 09/04/2006 - 11:14am
SUSIE AND ERIC's picture
SUSIE AND ERIC says:

this was very intence learning. very nice!

posted on Thu, 08/03/2006 - 2:19pm