Sunday, January 5, 2014

Star nosed Mole - a first for me Jan 5, 2014

 Star nosed Mole - a first for me.
From Wikipedia:
The star-nosed mole is easily identified by the 11 pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout, which is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors.The star-nosed mole is 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. Adults are 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 in) in length, weigh about 55 g (2 oz), and have 44 teeth. The mole's 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.
 It ran fairly quickly
 We watched it run across the snow and then hide under snow.

 Not the best photos but very cool sighing for Chris Craig and I.

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