The star-nosed mole (condylura cristata) is a tiny mole found in wet lowland areas in the north eastern part of the United States and south eastern Canada. The star nosed mole is really small weighing up to 2 ounces and only being 5 inches as an adult. These moles only live to about 3-4 years old in the wild. This animal has arguably one of the most fantastic noses in the animal kingdom. Surrounded by darkness, this mole’s nose is all it has. Practically blind and deaf, its nose is used like a superpower. This mole gets its name from the 22 feelers that surround its nose. Each appendage is covered twenty five thousand sensory receptors, called eimers organs. The star nosed mole hunts worms, small insects, and even fish! These guys an eat faster than any other mammal on earth! This animal is able to find an object and identify it as food and eat it in less than two-tenths of a second! Unlike any other of the 39 species of mole, the star-nosed mole is the only that is considered semi-aquatic. They make their home near swamps and marshes, and are considered excellent swimmers. They are also the only known mammal to be able to smell underwater. They’re able to accomplish this feat by blowing bubbles towards an object, and then inhaling that same air bubble to attain their scent.
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