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European mole

Gwenn Seemel
Open season, closed season (European mole)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

While during some parts of the year some girls don’t have vaginas…

It used to be believed that all European moles were male through their first year and only then did some become female.  This bit of folklore stems from the fact that, outside the breeding period, the female’s vagina is sealed with a layer of skin.  Since the female urinates through a structure which closely resembles a male’s penis, it is impossible to sex moles by looking at these parts during certain times of the year.

To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog.