feeding tunnel in clay mud. so shallow, it opened on top, revealing the tracks of the mole.
Like a boss!
Unlike most Broad-footed Moles that one sees (including even those in the default photos for this taxon), this one had the distinction of still being alive.
O'Neill Ranch Master Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report, February 1995
Dead on the side of the trail.
The only mole species around. I only ever see moles mysteriously dead by the side of paths. (Though I think this one got biked over or stepped on; its back half was flattened.) Stiff and dry.
Broad-footed Mole (Scapanus latimanus), Cross Marin Trail, Marin County, California - 12 May 2013. My wife found this unfortunate animal in the middle of this paved trail. About 15 cm in length. A separate photo shows a small hairy tail, which in combination with the striking forefeet and the location would seem to indicate this species.
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.