One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mole with a number of fleshy radiating tentacles around its nostrils, native to northeastern North America.
Condylura cristata, family Talpidae
- ‘Despite its distinctive appearance people rarely see star-nosed moles because they live only in marshes and wetlands.’
- ‘There, in addition to star-nosed moles, he inevitably encounters shrews, voles, weasels, field mice, and the occasional snapping turtle.’
- ‘Hoping that an analysis of living species could provide insights into the star-nosed mole's past, we began to examine other moles from around the world.’
- ‘The star-nosed mole prefers wet, swampy ground and subsists on a diet of worms, insects, and crustaceans.’
- ‘In addition to big insects, such as earthworms or crickets, star-nosed moles added these small prey to their diet.’
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