Golden moles are small, insectivorous burrowing mammals endemic to Southern Africa. They comprise the family 'Chrysochloridae' and as such they are taxonomically distinct from the true moles, family 'Talpidae', and other mole-like families, all of which, to various degrees, they resemble as a result of evolutionary convergence.

Like most burrowing mammals with similar habits, the Chrysochloridae have short legs with powerful digging claws, very dense fur that repels dirt and moisture, and toughened skin, particularly on the head. Their eyes are non-functional and covered with furred skin. The external ears are just tiny openings.

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