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Mole Talpa europaea

This nocturnal and practically blind animal is a small creature with a cylindrical shaped body. It spends most of its time underground, digging tunnels with its sharp claws, leaving behind evidence of its presence with the well known molehills.

Conservation status

Moles are still very common in Norfolk, although whether they are increasing or decreasing is currently unclear.

Details

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An 80g mole consumes up to 50g of earthworms per day.

As their tunnels are narrow they can’t turn round easily so they stick their short tail up in the air and then use it to feel their way backwards.

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