Common European mole

Common European mole

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Caption: The common mole, Tulpa europaea. A widespread mammal species, found throughout Europe except in South Western Spain and Southern Italy. Moles live most of their lives underground, in a series of tunnels, during the excavation of which excess soil is pushed upwards at intervals, forming "mole-hills". They favour loose and fertile soils. Moles have no external ears, and their eyes are very small, and sometimes covered in skin. In this picture the position of the eyes is just discernible as two slightly darker patches behind the snout. The production of mole-hills is a nuisance to all growers of grass lawns, especially sports grounds. Within gardens, moles are a minor pest, sometimes causing root damage to plants, resulting in death of the plant during drought periods

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Keywords: biological, biology, garden pest, lawn, mammal, mole, mole-hill, pest species, soil, sports grounds, tulpa europaea, zoological, zoology

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