Broad-footed Mole

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderEulipotyphla
FamilyTalpidae
GenusScapanus
Binomial nameScapanus latimanus

Range Map

Description

The broad-footed mole is a species of mammals of the family Talpidae. They are found in Baja California in Mexico and California, Nevada and Oregon in the United States, usually at elevations that are up to 3000 meters above sea level.

Broad-footed moles can be distinguished by other species of mole by their dark brown to silver fur.

On average, the total body length spans between 14 to 18 centimeters, with males being slightly larger than females.

They exhibit a fossorial lifestyle and primarily live below ground for the majority of their lives.

Only one individual occupies one burrow at a time. As with most moles, broad-footed moles require moist and crumbly soils, and they primarily feed on earthworms, insects, other invertebrates and some plant matter.