Hairy-tailed Mole
Parascalops breweri

credit: myvreni/CCSA

Fleshy tail densely haired, constricted at base, and less than one quarter of total length. Stiff hairs on the snout, behind the eyes, and on the edge of the forefeet are thought to have a tactile function. Snout shorter than that of Eastern Mole, and lacking appendages of Star-nosed Mole. Fur grayish-brownish-black on back; paler and grayish on belly. Young of the year are grayer, with shorter pelage than adults. Tail, feet, and base of snout dark brown, becoming whiter with age.

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