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Star-nosed Mole
(Condylura cristata)
walrus
Description
They are covered in thick, blackish-brown, water-repellent fur, and has large, scaled feet and a long, thick tail, which appears to function as a fat storage reserve for the spring breeding season. They have 44 teeth. Their most distinctive feature is a circle of 22 mobile, pink, fleshy tentacles called rays at the end of the snout, from which it derives its name. These are used to identify food by touch, such as worms, insects and crustaceans.
Dimensions
Adults are 5.9 to 7.9 inches in length, weigh about 2 oz.
Diet
They feed primarily on invertebrates. They patrol their burrows searching for earthworms that enter through the walls. When they have access to a body of water, however, they eat leeches and aquatic insects.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit a variety of habitats with moist soil. They prefer areas of poor drainage, including both coniferous and deciduous forests, clearings, wet meadows, marshes and peatlands. They can be found in New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Eastern and Canada.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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