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Mole (Hairy-tailed)

Parascalops breweri
Mole (Hairy-tailed)

Range

They are found in eastern Canada and northeastern U.S.

Habitat

They live in forests and meadows in dry soil.

Body Traits

They have soft, dark fur and a short tail. They have tiny eyes, no visible ears and a relatively short, pink nose. They have sharp claws for digging.

Habits

They live alone (solitary) digging shallow tunnels and coming above ground at night to feed.

Diet

 They eat earthworms, insects, spiders, centipedes and some plant matter (roots and tubers).

Predators

They are eaten by owls, foxes, snakes, bullfrogs and house pets (cats and dogs).

Reproduction

Females are pregnant for 4-6 weeks (gestation) and give birth to a litter of about 4-5 tiny, hairless young in the spring.

Mole (Hairy-tailed)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Talpidae
Tribe: Scalopini
Genus: Parascalops
Species: P. breweri

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