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Cape Golden Mole by Hamish Robertson

The Cape Golden Mole (Chrysochloris asiatica) occurs in the South-western Cape and is often found in gardens with sandy soils where their burrowing just below the ground leaves a path of broken, raised soil, giving them the common name of “kruipmolletjie”. The golden moles are not related to mole-rats and are much smaller – only up to 50g in weight. Golden moles eat insects and have small pointed teeth, typical of insectivores. When they occur in gardens they are usually regarded as a nuisance because they disturb the soil and occasionally undermine plants. In fact, they are valuable allies as they eat large quantities of harmful insects and other invertebrates.