what do moles eat?
Moles are small mammals that spend most of their lives digging underground. They may look cute and harmless, but moles are actually predators, hunting worms and other ground-dwelling bugs. They have very poor vision, and their tunnels are too dark to see in, so instead they rely on a very fine sense of touch. When an earthworm falls into one of the tunnels, the mole feels the vibration of its impact and immediately locates and bites it. The mole may eat the worm immediately, but will often paralyze it and save it for later. Some moles have over 1000 worms stockpiled! In addition to earthworms, moles also eat grubs and the larval form of many insects, such as cicada nymphs. Contrary to popular belief, moles do not eat plants. The damage many gardeners see to their vegetables is actually the result of small mice wandering through the moles’ tunnels.