Grant´s golden mole (Eremitalpa granti)
Grant’s golden mole is a golden mole species. Like all other golden moles the build of these animals is similar to the moles,
though they are not related, and is adapted to a life of digging. The front extremities are remodeled to digging claws; in contrast to most other species of its family they have three claws each. The tail is physically not visible, there are no auricles, the eyes are covered with
fur, and the mouth is bearing a leather-like pad, which also serves for
digging. With a length of 7.5 to 9 cm and a weight of 15 to 25 g it is the smallest member of its species. Grant’s golden mole lives on the western coast of South Africa and in south western Namibia. Its natural habitat is dry areas, mostly sandy deserts. In contrast to many other golden moles, Grant’s golden mole rarely builds lasting tunnels. It “swims” through the sand just under or on the
surface while searching for food. It is mainly a nocturnal animal, resting by day in small caves beneath sheltering plants. It is a solitary animal, with stomping grounds averaging 4.6 ha.Besides termites and other invertebrates, its diet consists of reptiles such as skinks. Grant’s golden mole is listed as near threatened (NT) by the IUCN.
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