Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Corralitas Drive: Rest In Peace Little Mole

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 19, 2011. We found very plush mole, dead in the gutter, after someone paid tribute with a Spanish Broom flower.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)    

How do you know what wildlife lives in your neighborhood?  Sometimes you only know a species is there, when you find a dead one. 

Moles live underground and eat worms and other invertebrates.  I've only once seen a live one poking its snout out of a hole on Fellowship Parkway, on a foggy morning.  More often, moles are left on the side of the road, after being killed by cats.

The last unusual species to turn up dead was a Ring-Necked Snake.