Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Catching Moles By Hand- it is not for me...



8th April 2015


I think I should become a mole hunter. But the problem is they are nice animals and I am not a killer and I love wild animals. But what is more my every day life is city - based so I am afraid of moles. Maybe it is strange but true. I am afraid of mice, lizards, toads. But I love spiders and fly so I am a strange personality.... I love big animals like cows and pigs... 

This mole lives in an underground tunnel system, which it constantly extends. It uses these tunnels to hunt its prey. Under normal conditions the displaced earth is pushed to the surface, resulting in the characteristic molehills. It feeds mainly on earthworms, but also on insectscentipedes and even mice and shrews. Its saliva contains toxins which paralyze earthworms in particular.
It has a cylindrical body and is around 12 cm (5 inches) long. Females are typically smaller than males. The eyes are small and hidden behind fur, while the ears are just small ridges in the skin. The fur is usually dark grey, but the actual range of colors is larger, as due to the subterranean habits there is no disadvantage in having off-colored fur. European moles with whitelight greytantaupe, and black fur have all been reported

While moles are typically found in tunnel systems, the European mole is not exclusively an underground dweller. In the spring and early summer when the young moles leave their mothers' burrows they must find new territory. This forces them to leave their burrow and they can either make new tunnel systems or enter existing systems. In the summer time, however, they will likely burrow much more superficially. The superficial burrowing could be due in part to the soil that is much harder, which makes burrowing a greater challenge.
T. europaea have also been found to spend a lot of time at the sides of drainage lines and streams but do not inhabit flooded or dry soils. However, dry areas do become important when their normal habitats become flooded. Factors such as the type of soil, vegetation present, and altitude have no effect on the areas that moles choose to inhabit. The one factor that does greatly influence the mole population in a specific area is the abundance of earthworms. One would expect for the earthworm population to decrease as the moles feed, however no research has shown this to be true

So what should I do with my moles who adopt my backyard as their home....? 

Have a nice day..





8 comments:

  1. a gardening friend of mine is using daffodils to drive them away from her yard and garden. apparently they don't like them much.

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    1. I am sure you are right but my moles damaged my dafodils,too.

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    1. Andrew, I do my best you will be satisfied.

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  3. It bites! Even though it looks cute, I wouldn't dare touch it. We do not have mole problems here.
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  4. I don't much like spiders, but am only afraid of tarantulas and the like. I don't mind most of the other animals you've mentioned and I find moles adorable, but they mess they make to lawns and gardens would drive me crazy. Live traps...

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    1. Mitchell, I hate them but your opinion is different. I understand you but my garden is damaged,..

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