Physical characteristics

Golden moles get their descriptive name from the iridescent golden, blue, purple, or bronze sheen on their brown fur. The skin is tough and loosely attached to the body and the fur has a woolly insulating undercoat.

In common with true moles, golden moles have big shoulders and short, extremely powerful forelimbs, with curved claws suitable for digging. The hind feet have webbed toes, enabling the animals to kick soil backwards effectively. The head, conical in shape, is designed to protect the moles from the substrate through which they push. The nostrils are concealed behind a leathery pad and the vestigial eyes of these blind animals are covered by a thick layer of skin.

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