Mammal of the Week: Eastern Mole

The Eastern Mole is the most common species of mole found in the state of Iowa.  They are small mammals covered in soft, grey fur. Some of their key characteristics include a long slender nose, short hairless tails, and scoop-shaped front paws specially designed for digging. Moles are rarely seen above ground but their presence is often noted by the raised trails they leave behind in gardens and lawns. They spend most of their time digging their underground tunnels and foraging for food. Moles are mainly carnivorous and mostly seek out earthworms for prey. They will also eat insects and insect larvae and on occasion they will consume vegetation. Although they can be active at any time of day, they are most active at dawn and dusk.