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Coast Mole

Scapanus orarius

Description:

Shrews and moles such as this one are often found as corpses, for various reasons I don't understand too well.

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4 Comments

EmilyCulhane
EmilyCulhane 7 years ago

Don't forget domestic cats! Those things kill and leave the evidence for the files quite often.

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

I've had quite a bit more luck catching it alive (though the nose appeared to be mutilated as well (like I mentioned above)):
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/728...

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

The reason why they're found mostly as corpses above ground is pretty easy: Either they get slaughtered by human machines/tools (such as lawn mowers) or end up dead due to traps or poisoned bait-traps (usually not for the moles but for rats or similar) - and finally they're easy preys: Birds of prey just have to wait for them to peek out of their holes.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

You are right, you don't see them much above ground unless they have expired. Good picture.

avesjohn
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avesjohn

Arcata, California, USA

Spotted on Oct 1, 2010
Submitted on Sep 30, 2011

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