Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Donald A. Windsor

A dead Starnose Mole was lying in the intersection of Steere and Sherman-Bliven roads in the Town of McDonough on Sunday 24 March 2013, around noon.

My wallet, which is 4 1/2 inches long, appears below the mole.  According to Burt and Grossenheider, the Starnose Mole head + body are 4 1/2 to 5 inches and the tail is 3 to 3 1/2 inches.

I was surprised to find this critter out above all the snow, which was at least 9 inches deep.  It did not appear to have been hit by a vehicle.  Perhaps it was caught by a predator and then discarded. 

Reference cited:

Burt, W.H. ; Grossenheider, R.P.  Starnose Mole Condylura cristata.  In: A Field Guide to the Mammals.  Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. 2nd Ed. 1964. Pages 16-17, 20.