let’s talk about the star-nosed mole. here are some things that you possibly did not know.
– it has 22 tentacles on its nose. woah! that is so nonbinary! oh yeah, did i mention that the tentacles are prehensile? what would you do with eleven pairs of prehensile tentacles? probably something creepy and/or weird.
– it’s functionally blind and uses its nose to indentify prey. it has the fastest prey identification of any mammal (that means, watch the fuck out worms/insects/amphibians/whatever else these guys eat)
– star-nosed moles are excellent swimmers and can even smell underwater. wait! do you remember when we talked about how coconut crabs can smell underwater ? well, star-noses use a completely different olfactory technique. they blow air bubbles onto things or scent trails, and then re-inhales the bubbles in order to get all up in that scent. that’s really something, right?!
– these moles are from manitoba, which makes them officially the best thing about that province (just kidding, weakerthans, ilu)