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Common Name: Eastern Mole




Scientific Name:
Scalopus aquaticus  

Fossorial (underground) where proper soil conditions exist.

Worms, but may kill and eat any invertebrate or vertebrate it encounters.

Interesting Facts:
This mammal digs tunnels day and night and in all seasons and may burrow through woodlands, fields, and lawns. Although accused of feeding on vegetable matter, this is probably only a minor portion of the diet. However, damage may occur during tunneling that causes some vegetation to die.

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