Small insectivorous mammals that belong to the Talpidae family, moles are some of the more intriguing animals. They have a truly unique appearance with a fur covered cylindrical body, small roofed eyes and ears that aren’t apparent upon inspection. Moles have found their home across the world in environment as diverse as North America, Africa and Europe, with the exception of Ireland.
Moles are indeed interesting and intriguing creatures. Below is a list of interesting and informative information about moles.
Interesting Fact # 1
Interesting Fact # 2
Moles aren’t nocturnal animals. They continue their activities throughout the day, digging tunnels and continuously searching for food. Moles need to eat every few hours, if not they die of starvation.
Interesting Fact # 3
Moles aren’t blind, they have very small eyes. However, given that these animals spend almost all of their lives underground they have little use for the sense of sight. They have highly acute senses of touch and vibrations, but poor smell and hearing senses
Interesting Fact # 4
On the occasions when they venture outside, moles are vulnerable to predators. Barn and Tawny owls use moles as a food source.
Interesting Fact # 5
Most babies are born without fur. They only start to grow a coat at two weeks old. Their eyes are only opened for the first time at three weeks old. Birth to leaving the nest is just thirty five days.
Interesting Fact #6
Every single mole has its own burrow system. This consists of a network of firm-walled tunnels. Generally speaking, the tunnel width is around five centimetres with the height of four centimetres and a length of over seventy metres. The territories of several moles can overlap and the residents do avoid each other, except in breeding season.
Interesting Fact #7
The male mole is called a boar and a female mole is called a sow. A group of moles is called a labour.
These are just a few facts about moles. They are truly some of the more unique animals in the world.