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Broad-footed Mole Scapanus latimanus


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Broad-footed Mole
credit: Sarah Murray/CCSA

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Alternate name: California Mole

Family: Talpidae, Moles view all from this family

Description Hairiest tail of western moles. The snout is shorter and broader than other moles, and the unicuspid teeth are unevenly spaced. Dark gray fur may have coppery wash. Gradual decrease in size from north to south, with largest individuals in Oregon and smallest in Mexico.

Dimensions 136-193mm, 21-45mm, 39-55g

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Forests & woodlands, Grasslands & prairies, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams, Swamps, marshes & bogs

Range Southwest, California, Northwest

Discussion Shallow foraging tunnels are constructed near the surface, and deeper, more permanent tunnels are used for resting and nest building. Prefers moist soils from sea level up to 3000m, but also occasionally found among large boulders in drier areas.