What Do Moles, Voles, and Shrews Look Like? - Knowledgebase Question

Walpole, MA
Question by rangan
August 9, 1998
I spotted a kinda flat rodent scurrying in my flower bed, and assumed it was a mole, promptly treating it with Mole-Med. After reading your FAQ's, I have this nagging feeling: was it really a mole? What I saw was a flat, blackish rodent. It ran so fast, I couldn't get a better look ! I am terrified it will totally damage my beautiful flowers.

Answer from NGA
August 9, 1998


It might have been a lowly mouse, too. It is really hard to tell, especially in that one blink of an eye. Here are some links that might help you:

http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/w... (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln)

http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/... (Cornell Univ. - NY)

http://www.cahe.wsu.edu/~hp31/... (Washington State Univ. Cooperative Extension)

http://www.entm.purdue.edu/ent... (Purdue Univ.)

Good luck with your flowers!

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