Golden moles


Class Mammalia Order Insectivora Family Chrysochloridae

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Small ears hidden by their fur, short tails, not visible externally; large leathery pads on their noses help them to burrow through the ground; thick, glossy fur, triangular-shaped head with skin covering eyes and leathery pad over nostrils; short, powerful forearms and claws


Head and body length 2.7-9 in (7.0-23.5 cm); weight 0.5-17.6 oz (16-500 g)

Number of genera, species

9 genera; 21 species


Burrows beneath a wide range of habitats from sand dunes to tropical forest

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 4 species; Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 6 species


Sub-Saharan Africa


Sub-Saharan Africa

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