Gunning’s Golden Mole

Gunning’s Golden Mole (Amblysomus gunningi)

Gunning’s Golden Mole is not pictured due to image unavailability. Grant’s Golden Mole pictured.

The Gunning’s Golden Mole is a small native mammal. It was listed in 2003 as a vulnerable species. This particular species is endemic to South Africa. Their decreasing numbers are due to habitat clearance or destruction and preyed upon by domesticated cats and dogs.

They are a burrowing animal, and spend the majority of their time underground. They range in size between 8 cm to 20 cms.

Golden moles have an amazingly efficient kidney. Some species do not need to drink water at all.

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