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Talpidae - desmans, moles

star nosed moleThere are 42 species in this family. They are found in North America, Europe, and Asia. Most species live underground. Moles have long, cylindrical bodies, tiny eyes and their front legs have strong scoop-shaped claws that are turned sideways to help them tunnel into the earth! Moles eat grubs, worms, and other invertebrates. Some species also eat plant parts. Moles have poor eyesight and rely on their sense of smell and touch. There are two species of desmans. Desmans are found in Europe and Asian. They have webbed paws and can swim! They eat fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Endangered in NH Endangered in NH

Threatened in NH Threatened in NH

introduced Introduced

Endangered in the US Endangered in US

Threatened in the US Threatened in US

breeds in NH Breeds in NH

  New Hampshire Species    North/Central American Species
Hairy-tailed Mole
Star-nosed Mole

American Shrew-mole
Broad-footed Mole
Coast Mole
Eastern Mole
Townsend's Mole