Eastern Mole Scalopus aquaticus (Linnaeus, 1758)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Mammalia   >   Order Soricomorpha   >   Family Talpidae   >   Genus Scalopus   


Eastern Moles prefer well-drained, sandy or loamy soils where they can easily dig and find lots of earthworms to eat. They can be found in woodlands, fields, lawns, gardens, and golf courses.


Preferred prey includes worms, slugs, centipedes, spiders, ants, and other insects. They are frequently hunted by other mammals and birds of prey. Small mammals such as voles, mice, and shrews reuse their tunnels.

There are 52 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Mole at Andelot Farm, Kent Co., Maryland (6/7/2014). Photo by Julie Fortin. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mole in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/11/2016). Caught by hand by Terry Moritz as it apparently fled the noise of my lawnmower. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

An Eastern Mole in Harford Co., Maryland (2/23/2012). Watch video. Photo by Matt Hafner. (MBP list)

Eastern Mole in Maryland (6/26/2020). (c) maculatus, all rights reserved. Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

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