A mole looks very distinctive, if you can see one. It has a rounded body, velvety, grey-black fur, spade-like front claws, a short, furry tail, tiny eyes and a pink, pointed snout. They are found throughout mainland Britain, but not Ireland, wherever the soil is deep enough for tunnelling.
Moles are often considered pests by gardeners and farmers. They live underground, tunnelling up to 20m a day and leaving characteristic mounds of earth on the surface – molehills. They also dig out large chambers, which they line with dry grass for resting. Once made, mole tunnels are often used by several generations.
Moles are solitary creatures, except during the breeding season. After mating the female gives birth to a litter of up to five young during the summer.
What they eat:
Earthworms and insect larvae. Sometimes also lizards and tiny snakes.
- Up to 16cm
- Up to 128g