Recent heavy rains likely forced this mole up from its burrow after which it either drowned or died of exposure.
The foot, claw marks in upper left, not where i am pointing.
Found dead on side of path in Wildcat Canyon, above ground, dorsal side up. Minimal signs of injuries, save for a little bit of missing skin by leg, possibly caused by maggots. Do they usually die out in the open like this?
Found deceased, apparent wound to abdomen.
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No obvious signs of injury. Closest stand of plants included poison hemlock. I wonder if it accidentally nibbled some of the delicate green shoots that seemed to emerge after the rain.
The broad-footed mole (Scapanus latimanus) is a species of mammal in the family Talpidae. It is found in Baja California in Mexico and in California, Nevada and Oregon in the United States at elevations up to 3000 m above sea level. Its karyotype has 2n = 34, FN = 64.