On the list of burrowing rodents is the mole, whose original name in Germany and Scandinavia means 'dirt tosser'. The mole uses its toxic saliva to paralyze earthworms, of which thousands then can be stored in underground larders for fresh eating. Contributors typically want to know about the mole's environmental role in opening air passageways underground, geographic ranges, most effective controls by gardeners, and predator/prey roles within soil food webs and surface food chains.
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