Yes, I know it’s the chemistry kind of moles we’re supposed to be celebrating today, not skin moles or ground moles — but I still thought now would be the perfect time to share this video of the funny, furry little creature my children found in our flower bed. Isn’t he fascinating?
[If you cannot see the video, click here to view it.]
Five Fun Facts about Moles:
- There are 20 different species of moles, ranging in size from 2-20 cm.
- Most moles spend the majority of their time underground, but there are a few species of aquatic moles that spend at least part of their time in the water.
- Moles primarily eat insects and earthworms, although larger varieties will sometimes ingest small mice, as well.
- A mole’s saliva contains a toxin that allows it to paralyze its prey.
- Moles typically reproduce in the spring, giving birth to 2-6 babies at a time.
But, of course, that’s not the kind of moles this day is all about. In chemistry, a mole refers to a basic unit of measurement based on Avogadro’s number, 6.02 x 10^23 (which is why it is traditionally celebrated on October 23, between the hours of 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM).
For a fascinating explanation of how Avogadro came up with this rather odd number, I suggest you watch this short but informative video from GetChemistryHelp.com:
To learn more about the furry kind of moles, visit a-z-animals.com.
And for more information on skin moles, and how to tell if they are cancerous, check out www.cancer.org .