This species and the eastern mole do not occupy common ground in Pennsylvania (see distribution maps). This is the most common mole in the Commonwealth where worms and beetle larvae may attract it to lawns. During the winter months, it pursues invertebrate prey below the frost line by tunneling as much as 18 inches below the surface of the ground.
This mammal digs tunnels day and night and in all seasons and may burrow through woodlands, fields, and lawns. Although accused of feeding on vegetable matter, this is probably only a minor portion of the diet. However, damage may occur during tunneling that causes some vegetation to die.
This long-tailed mole has a distinctive “star” nose. The end of its snout is surrounded by short, fleshy projections that are highly sensitive to touch.