Moles in winter

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Moles dig tunnels even in the cold period, they don’t hibernate. During the cold period the staple food of the common mole (Talpa europaea) is earthworms; it has much less success with finding other invertebrates that in summer fall into its tunnels – traps. The mole has actually a food store too, in summer as in winter. This and that is put aside in the store room because dying of starvation is a very real threat for the mole in a drought. There may be hundreds of worms in a mole’s cache. It sleeps in a lined little nest chamber underground, and sometimes it constructs a “fortress” on top, to keep it warmer. From October to December this glossy-coated mammal has its fur shedding period.




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