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Common Name: Star-Nosed Mole




Scientific Name:
Condylura cristata 

Prefers wet areas—most common in loamy soils near streams, lake edges, and swamps.
This mole comes above ground much more often than the other two species and is said to be an adept swimmer.

Worms, beetles, ants, larvae, slugs, salamanders, young snakes, and nesting mice when encountered during tunneling.

Interesting Facts:
This long-tailed mole has a distinctive “star” nose. The end of its snout is surrounded by short, fleshy projections that are highly sensitive to touch. It is the animal portrayed on the background of our logo in an illustration by Stephen L. Williams.

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