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Scapanus latimanus

Broad-footed Mole

Order: Soricomorpha
Family: Talpidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Broad-footed Moles' forefeet are almost as wide as they are long, and their fur is nearly uniformly black. They seem to prefer moist soils, but will inhabit dry areas with large boulders. They breed in January or February, and litters of 2—5 young are born in March or April in a nest chamber in a deep tunnel. Broad-footed Moles consume earthworms, but eat other invertebrates if earthworms are unavailable.

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Sexual Dimorphism:
Males are larger than females.

Range: 136-193 mm

Average: 46 g
Range: 39-55 g


Bachman, J., 1842.  Boston Journal of Natural History, 4:34.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Scapanus latimanus