simon.cane's picture

Mammal 'tubes'

Observed: 16th April 2010 By: simon.cane

Soil tube-like traces on mountain grassland, up to 1m long, left when deep snow melted?

    Likely ID
    Mammal runs
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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Kluut's picture


Can't be anything else. Can it?

miked's picture

very common in Russia after

very common in Russia after snowmelt, assumed to be small mammal runs under the snow.

the naturalist man's picture

Mammal tubes

These are wonderful, as Mike says can be seen in Arctic countries but extremely unusual in this country. They are thought to be caused by animals forced to the surface by perma-frost, the deeper soil freezing so the animals have to create very shallow burrow systems.

In this country probably caused by moles. You say they were a metre long, how wide were they? This could indicate how large the animal was that created them.

Graham Banwell

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