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European Mole

Talpa europaea

Description:

This mole lives in an underground tunnel system, which it constantly extends. It uses these tunnels to hunt its prey. Under normal conditions the displaced earth is pushed to the surface, resulting in the characteristic molehills. It feeds mainly on earthworms, but also on insects, centipedes and even mice and shrews. Its saliva contains toxins which paralyze earthworms in particular. It has a cylindrical body and is around 12 cm (5 inches) 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 the actual range of colors is larger, as due to the subterranean habits there is no disadvantage in having off-coloured fur. European moles with white, light grey, tan, taupe, and black fur have all been reported.

Habitat:

Britain, Central and Eastern Europe

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30 Comments (1–25)

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

Thanks a lot, Maria

MariaPomsaharova
MariaPomsaharova 9 years ago

awesome spotting!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Thanks a lot, tibiprada

tibiprada
tibiprada 10 years ago

awesome pic , stunning creature ! :-)

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Thx Jeannette

Jeannette
Jeannette 10 years ago

Lovely series :)

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Thanks a lot Emily and Gerardo

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 10 years ago

This might be the cutest thing I've seen on PN in a while! Great series!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Grate series!
wonderful spotting

Hans.New
Hans.New 10 years ago

right, I just catched the hills.

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

oh, thank you, Hans :) i was lucky on this one

Hans.New
Hans.New 10 years ago

Great job, they are not easy to find (at least without intervention of any cat).
And - of course - beautyful pictures.

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Thank you - I was lucky catching it

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 10 years ago

Amazing. Just love everything on this photo. The colors (or absence of it), the mood, the angle,... Thanks for sharing.

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

thx

Ariana
Ariana 10 years ago

Great catch!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Thank you both

arlanda
arlanda 10 years ago

beautiful animal! well done!

windmustache
windmustache 10 years ago

Good job!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Reminds me still of a Czech cartoon from the eastern Sandman on TV

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Yes - underground would be a bit dark ;) And even if I am a slim guy, I won't fit in it's tunnels ;)

MickGrant
MickGrant 10 years ago

Good photos - you spotted him above ground?

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

thank you

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Great find.

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 10 years ago

Yes, indeed that's how I saw them usually, too - deceased.
Thanks for the comment.

LarsKorb
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LarsKorb

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Spotted on Sep 15, 2011
Submitted on Sep 15, 2011

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