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Scalopus aquaticus (Eastern Mole)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The eastern mole or common mole (Scalopus aquaticus) is a medium-sized, overall grey North American mole and the only member of the genus Scalopus. Its large, hairless, spade-shaped forefeet are adapted for digging. The species is native to Canada (Ontario), Mexico, and the eastern United States, and has the widest range of any North American mole.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 28.77
EDGE Score: 3.39


Adult Weight [1]  90 grams
Birth Weight [1]  5 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates)
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  11 months 5 days
Male Maturity [1]  11 months 5 days
Gestation [1]  36 days
Litter Size [1]  3
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [3]  6 years
Nocturnal [4]  Yes
Snout to Vent Length [3]  6 inches (15 cm)
Weaning [1]  36 days


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Range Map


Middle America; North America;

External References



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9PREY HANDLING AND DIET OF LOUISIANA PINE SNAKES (PITUOPHIS RUTHVENI) AND BLACK PINE SNAKES (P. MELANOLEUCUS LODINGI), WITH COM- PARISONS TO OTHER SELECTED COLUBRID SNAKES, D. Craig Rudolph, Shirley J. Burgdorf, Richard N. Conner, Christopher S. Collins, Daniel Saenz, Richard R. Schaefer, Toni Trees, C. Michael Duran, Marc Ealy, John G. Himes, Herpetological Natural History, 9(1), 2002, pages 57-62
10International Flea Database
11Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve
Chippewa Nature Center
Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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