Grants desert golden mole

Eremitalpa granti

SUBFAMILY

Chrysochlorinae

TAXONOMY

Eremitalpa granti (Broom, 1907), Cape Province, South Africa.

OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Desert golden mole.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length 3.0-3.3 oz (7.6-8.6 cm); weight 0.5-1.0 oz (16-32 g). Pale gray-yellow fur covers body and eyes; belly is more yellow.

DISTRIBUTION

Coastal dunes in Cape Province, Little Namaqualand in South Africa, and the Namib Desert.

HABITAT

Sand dunes.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal. Burrows under sand just below the surface during the day.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Nocturnal forager in search of termites, ants and spiders. Also eats geckos, beetles, and legless lizards.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Digs deeper tunnels in which the female raises at least one young. Presumably polygynous.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable according to IUCN criteria.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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