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Moles Storing Worms

Nature volume 131, page 466 (01 April 1933) | Download Citation



REFERRING to notes in our Calendar of Nature Topics of Feb. 25, Mr. Lionel E. Adams, Wheatley, Shide Cross, Newport, I.O.W., who contributed a valuable paper entitled “Observations on a Captive Mole” to the Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society of May 31, 1906, and later, an illustrated article entitled “Moles and Molehills” to NATURE of March 10, 1910, p. 37, writes: “A farmer on whose land I was trapping moles, informed me that while digging out a ‘fortress’ he came across a mass of dead worms in the nest cavity close to the nest. He described the quantity as ‘three spadefuls’. I have frequently watched captive moles bury worms when their hunger was satisfied. The mole would bite the worm with quick bites along its whole length and then cram it into the earth and scratch the earth over it with his fore paws.”

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