Star-nosed Mole

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderEulipotyphla
FamilyTalpidae
SubfamilyScalopinae
TribeCondulurini
GenusCondylura
Binomial nameCondylura cristata

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Description

The star-nosed mole is a solitary mammal from eastern North America. Their color ranges from dark brown to black.

The star-nosed mole measures from 15 to 20 cm and weigh from 37 to 76 g. This carnivore eats worms, amphibians, aquatic insects, mollusks, and small fish.

They live in wet lowland areas, forests, and marshes. Their lifespan is 2.5 years in captivity. By using their star-nose, they gather a clear image of their surroundings.