Baby Moles

I really like subterranean animals, but there are so few good pictures! I was surprised to find out that these moles were alive after the photographer found them while gardening. They look so vulnerable!

(I’m getting better at predicting what taxa an animal may belong to, but for the first time in a while, I still had to look up the superorder of a mammal, I wasn’t sure if moles were Euachontoglires, the superorder that includes rodents and primates and their allies, or Laurasiatherians, which is composed of, among other things, bats, carnivorans (cats, dogs, walruses, etc), pangolins, and ungulates), or if they were a member of a completely different superorder. It turns out they are a member of Laurasiatheria, in the order Soricomorpha (which also include shrews and the rare solenodon), which seems to mean they’re more closely related to whales, bears, and bats than any mouse. WELL, NOW I KNOW THAT.)

Via Tracy Lee Carroll’s Flickr photostream.

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#1 david joiner on 01.01.10 at 11:27 am

I was just walking my dog out in the back field behind my house and came across a small hairless creature laying on top of the ground, i thought it was dead but when i got up close to it , it burrowed into the mud and dissapeared. It was about half the size of my hand, the body was a purplish brown, tail and ears and feet a pink color. I normally have my cellphone with me to take pictures, today i didn’t. Maybe next time. I live in Shedd Oregon, grass sead capitol of the world, my nearest neighbor is aprox. a half mile in either direction. Wide open spaces.