Fun Facts About Moles And Gophers
All things considered, moles and gophers are fascinating animals and always a challenging issue to solve. Knowing mole gopher facts can be fun and beneficial too - beneficial for designing better control strategies.
Fun Facts About Moles
Moles are perfectly adapted
for their life underground
- Moles have very poor eye sight and feed mainly on worms and insect larvae. A single mole will typically consume 45-50 lbs of worms and insects every year.
- Moles find their food by senses of touch and smell.
- Moles travel through existing tunnels at about 80 feet per minute.
- Moles can dig surface tunnels at approximately 18 feet/hour.
- Male moles are called “boars”; females, “sows”; a group, a “labor”.
- The gestation period of moles is approximately 42 days, giving birth around March or early April to between three to five young.
- Moles are very territorial. Many or all of the tunnels seen
in any given yard can typically be from just one mole.
Fun Facts About Gophers
Gophers are rodents with a special
anatomy that works well underground
- Gophers use their long teeth to help build tunnels – to cut roots, loosen rocks and push soil away. A gopher’s teeth rest outside its lips so they can be used for tunnel building without opening its mouth.
- Gophers have pouches in their cheeks that they use to carry food, hence the term “pocket” gopher
- Gophers are generally solitary creatures that prefer to live alone except for brief mating periods
- Gophers predators include snakes, owls, coyotes, weasels, badgers, bobcats and even herons.
- To protect themselves from predators, adult gophers will usually peek out of their hole briefly before exiting to make sure the way is clear, then leave only momentarily before quickly darting back inside.
- As gophers build tunnels they create dirt mounds that wrap around about ¾ of the opening, the direction of the tunnel is usually off to the flat side of the mound === TUNNEL === m ))) < Dirt Pile
- Gophers and moles are both mammals, but they have different taxonomic classifications. Gophers are classified as rodents, members of the order Rodentia, moles are not rodents, they belong to the order Eulipotyphla which includes hedgehogs, moles and shrews.
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