What do Moles look like and where do they live?
Most people will be able to easily recognise a Mole. They have short fur, commonly black in colour, with a pink snout. Also notable are their large forelimbs, which they use to dig tunnels where they spend most of their lives. Moles have a body length of between 11cm and 16cm with a tail length between 2.5cm and 4cm. They can weigh up to approximately 130g.
Moles can be found throughout Britain, although they are uncommon in areas of coniferous forest, moorlands and sand dunes. Moles live in a series of tunnels at various depths. Surface tunnels are usually found in newly cultivated fields, where earthworms and other prey are concentrated. Deeper tunnels and burrows are more permanent structures and can be used by several generations of moles. They have nest chambers leading off of the main tunnel, which are used for sleeping, storage and raising young.
A Moles diet consists mainly of earthworms, which are dug out of the soil or collected from the tunnel floor. Insect larvae are also eaten in the summer months.