Southern marsupial mole

Functionally blind and without external ears, they “swim” through the soil, leaving no permanent burrow

There are two known species of marsupial moles (northern marsupial moles and southern marsupial moles), both of which are endemic to inner Australia. Marsupial moles do not need eyes to navigate as they spend most of their lives in burrows, only coming out of their underground dwellings when rains flood them. Thus, their eyes are vestigial (functionally inactive), making them totally blind; and for ears just have tiny fur-covered holes. They keep on refilling their trail of the burrow, making them hard to trace. They are assumed to be endangered, yes, assumed! Because very little is known about these elusive diggers, so less that even estimating their numbers to know if they are endangered or not is impossible at the moment.


Population est.
10,000 – 100,000

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No