BONELUST PERSONAL COLLECTION: New addition to my skull collection. The slate black Townsend mole (Scapanus townsendii), is the largest mole species in North America, at a total length of 8 to 9 inches.
It is found in open lowland and wooded areas with moist soils along the Pacific coast from southwestern British Columbia to northwestern California. This animal’s total range in Canada is estimated to be 20 km² (7.7 sq mi). Townsend’s mole is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN, however in Canada it is considered an endangered species.
Its front paws are broad and spade-shaped, specialized for digging; the rear paws are smaller. It has 44 teeth. Its ears are not visible and it has small eyes. It is similar in appearance to the smaller coast mole. This mole spends most of its time underground, foraging in shallow burrows for earthworms, small invertebrates and plant material. It is active year round.
This animal is mainly solitary except during mating in late winter. The female has a litter of two to four young in a deep underground burrow. More - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scapanus_townsendii#cite_note-SAR-3