The Star-Nosed Mole Can Eat!

Star-nosed moles live underground, and are functionally blind. Their nose is a highly adapted sensory organ that can sense microscopic shifts in the environment, allowing the mole to identify and eat prey in record speeds. The nose has six times as many large nerve fibers as a human hand in its 22 fleshy tendrils.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Star-nosed moles are functionally blind. 00:20

  2. The star-nosed mole can identify food and consume it in as little as 120 milliseconds. 01:15

  3. Star-nosed moles can smell underwater. 02:31

Written by Curiosity Staff July 17, 2015

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