In the background (top of photo), a short section of tunnel...
There was a mole that was dead in the middle of a path. It looked healthy on the outside so I think it died of old age.
this mole was about 5 inches long and has been dead for about 2-4 days. It did not smell bad and it was very cute.
Dead, found like this
This poor fellow was freshly dead - just a few ants crawling on it. I did not see any signs of trauma - curious about cause of death. Weasels have been very active in the area lately - but why would a weasel abandon its dinner?
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.
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.