The Ultimate Mole Quiz

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The Ultimate Mole Quiz
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About This Quiz

If you have unsightly ridges and hills in your yard, you may have a mole. The mole can ruin your garden by cutting off the root systems of your plants and grass. Take this quiz to learn more about the subversive mole.
Where is the mole's habitat?
trees
underground
Moles are underground creatures.
waterways

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What sense is most important to moles?
hearing
sight
touch
The sense of touch is the most important sense for moles.

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How well does the mole see in the dark underground tunnels that are its natural habitat?
small eyes
practically blind
both answers
The mole has very small eyes and is practically blind, so it must rely on its other senses.

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What does the mole use the tip of its snout for?
touching
The tip of the mole's snout is covered with tiny bumps that are sensitive to everything it touches, making up for the mole's poor eyesight.
smelling
seeing

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What do moles use to dig a tunnel?
snout
clawed feet
both answers
The mole starts the tunnel with its snout, and then uses its shovel-shaped clawed feet to dig out the dirt.

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What do moles like to put in special storage places to eat in the future?
juicy worms
Moles like to store away juicy worms for a future late-night snack.
insects
leaves

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How much do moles eat?
its body weight
two to three times its body weight
Moles have a very high metabolism, and eat two to three times their body weight in a day.
three to four times its body weight

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What animals will a mole eat?
lizard
mouse
both answers
Moles like a tasty lizard or a mouse, now and again.

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When do moles mate?
late winter
early spring
both answers
Moles mate during late winter or early spring.

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How many mole babies are born from a pregnancy?
one to two
three to seven
Three to seven babies may be born.
seven to twelve

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When do moles mature?
ten months
Moles mature at only 10 months old.
eighteen months
two years

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What is the lifespan of a mole?
four to five years
Moles live four to five years.
six to ten years
ten to twelve years

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How do moles spoil the appearance of gardens and golf courses?
unsightly ridges
mounds
both answers
Moles make unsightly ridges and mounds, disturbing the appearance of the lawn and in the case of golf courses, perhaps a game.

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What is the skin of moles used for?
coats
Mole skins are used to make beautiful, warm coats.
shoes
wallets

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How many tentacle-like feelers does the star-nosed mole have on the end of its snout?
10
22
There are 22 feelers, and they are sensory organs are used to help the mole hunt for food.
32

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How many species of moles are there?
10
20
30
There are 30 species of moles.

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What is unusual about the golden mole?
not golden
not a mole
It is not a mole, it just is suited to living underground like a mole.
lives above the ground

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Where does the mole sleep?
sleeping nest
In the center of the tunnels, the mole creates a sleeping nest.
above the ground
with the worms

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How can a mole destroy a garden?
destroys the root systems
Aside from the unattractive ridges and mounds that a mole can create, the root systems of grass and plants are also destroyed.
eats the plants
both answers

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How long can a mole go without food?
four to five hours
10 to 12 hours
Because moles have such high metabolisms, 10 to 12 hours is the maximum time a mole can go without.
12 to 15 hours

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Geoff du Feu

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