Alternate name: California Mole
Family: Talpidae, Moles view all from this family
Description Hairiest tail of western moles. The snout is shorter and broader than other moles, and the unicuspid teeth are unevenly spaced. Dark gray fur may have coppery wash. Gradual decrease in size from north to south, with largest individuals in Oregon and smallest in Mexico.
Dimensions 136-193mm, 21-45mm, 39-55g
Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Forests & woodlands, Grasslands & prairies, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Lakes, ponds, rivers & streams, Swamps, marshes & bogs
Range Southwest, California, Northwest
Discussion Shallow foraging tunnels are constructed near the surface, and deeper, more permanent tunnels are used for resting and nest building. Prefers moist soils from sea level up to 3000m, but also occasionally found among large boulders in drier areas.