From Xplor for Kids
March 2017 Issue

Predator vs. Prey: Eastern Mole Vs. Night Crawler

Publish Date

Mar 01, 2017

The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight.


Sleek Fur

Makes it easy to slip through the soil.

Power Shovel

Paws are good for plowing through the dirt like a machine and pinning prey like a pro wrestler.

A Sensitive  Snout

Helps sniff out a worm’s whereabouts.

Sharp Teeth

Are good for cutting big, slippery worms down to size.

Wired for Sound

Worms can’t hear, but their highly sensitive bodies feel the vibrations of tunneling moles, often in time to split the scene.

Built for Speed

A slim, slimy, tube-shaped body and fast, accordion-like locomotion gives most moles the slip.

And the winner is…

The night crawler is fast, but the mole is bigger, faster, and stronger. Several swift chomps still the worm’s squirm, and the mole wins.

Also in this issue

Kids Walking Trails

Get Out

Fun things to do and great places to discover nature.

Rainbow Trout

Into The Wild: Trout Stream

Even if you aren’t an angler, it’s tons of fun to wade around in a cool, clear trout stream.


Woodland Wildflower Challenge

In early March, most of Missouri’s woods are still gray and bare. But if you take a walk, you might find some signs of spring poking up through the leaf litter.


Frank's Guide to Wetlands

Wetlands can be muggy and buggy. They’re often soggy and stinky. You might get stuck in the muck. But wetlands aren’t wastelands.

Girl planting a wild bergamot

How To: Plant a Pollinator Paradise

Biologists are worried because bee and butterfly numbers are dropping. Improper use of pesticides and loss of habitat are likely to blame. You can bring the buzz back by planting a patch of native flowers.

This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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