Townsend’s Mole

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderEulipotyphla
FamilyTalpidae
GenusScapanus
Binomial nameScapanus townsendii

Range Map

Description

Townsend’s mole is a burrowing mammal considered to be the largest species of mole in North America.

They are found in lowland and wooded areas characterized by moist soils on the Pacific coast from British Columbia in Canada to northwestern California in the United States.

Townsend’s moles are usually about 21 cm in total body length and weigh on average 138 grams.

Townsend’s moles have velvety and black-colored furs, a thick, hairless tail and a pointed snout.

They are active all year round and spend the majority of their lives underground.