Are moles blind?



  • Moles are the small burrowing animals belonging to the group of Talpidea family.
  • Moles are the small mammalian animal adapted to fossorial lifestyle.
  • Moles belong to the group of phylum chordata or said to be as chordate animal as they possess all qualities of phylum Chordata.
  • A mole has a cylindrical type of body with velvety fur along with unnoticeable eyes and ears.
  • They have very powerful forelimbs with large paws specially adapted for digging, and they have reduced hind limb.
  • Moles have an extra thumb just next to the regular thumb. This is the known speciality of moles.
  • A group of moles is called as a “labour”.
  • Both the genders have different names, male moles are known as “boars”, whereas female moles are known as “sows”.
  • Moles are known to live in burrow, for this they have some special type of cells within them that allows them to tolerate higher level of carbon dioxide because of the presence of special type haemoglobin which has higher affinity towards oxygen in respect to other animals.
  • Moles can reuse their own exhaled air, allowing them to live in low filled oxygen spaces like burrows comfortably.

Are moles blind?

  • No, moles are not blind, instead they have very poor vision.
  • They have very small eyes, almost unnoticeable.
  • They are found to be colour-blind with not a great vision.
  • Their eyes can only just recognize the light.
  • They rely on sense of touch and feel to hunt for food and to prevent themselves from falling into any danger.

Fun Facts:

  1. Moles have a great ability of digging, it is estimated that they can dig up to 18 feet in one hour.
  2. Mole doesn’t like to stay close to other moles, when faced with other mole males can have a very fierce fight.
  3. Moles contain poison in their saliva which can paralyse an insect or worm.

Related Question:

  1. How can a mole affect human life?
  2. Write about different types of moles.
  3. Who all are the predators of moles?

True or False:

  1. Moles are very big animals almost of size of camel.
  2. Moles are the small animals.
  3. Moles are burrowing animals.
  4. Moles are flying type of animals.
  5. Moles can not see.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Moles belong to the phylum ________.
    1. Chordata.
    2. Annelida.
    3. Porifera.
    4. All of the above.
  2. A mole has a _______ type of body.
    1. Cylindrical.
    2. Spiral.
    3. Rectangular.
    4. Triangular.
  3. A group of moles is called as a _______.
    1. Labour.
    2. Sows.
    3. Boars.
    4. All of the above.
  4. Moles have _______ eyes.
    1. Very small.
    2. Very big.
  5. Intermediate.
    1. No eyes.
  6. _______ are known as sows.
    1. Female moles.
    2. Male moles.
    3. Group of moles.
    4. All of the above.

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