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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

7. The Mole
(Talpa europaea)

7. The Mole

The mole is a marvellous example of adaptation to an underground existence. Its dark velvet-like fur does not easily get dirty, its forepaws are wonderfully strong digging implements, and its nose is remarkably keen so that it can easily detect the earthworms on which it lives. In 24 hours it eats its own weight of worms. Its eyes are so reduced that it is questionable if they can do more than distinguish light from darkness. It works and sleeps in short alternate spells, resting in a nest under an extra large hillock known as the mole palace or castle.