They have large, scaled feet

Disproportionately large feet come in handy when you mostly live underground. The moles use their pink, scaled feet much like shovels, giving them the ability to excavate two to three metres (seven to ten feet) of soil per hour! These large feel are also the perfect shape to act as paddles while swimming.

The fastest eating mammal on Earth

How long does it take you to eat lunch? This creature has landed itself a place in the Guinness World Records book for speed eating, taking only 230 milliseconds to find and consume prey, on average. That’s less than a quarter of a second!

The star-nosed mole lives in wet lowland areas and eats small invertebrates, aquatic insects, worms, mollusks, small amphibians and small fish

Well-adapted, sharp teeth

These moles have 44 teeth in total, including tweezer-like front teeth they use to pluck small insects from the ground with ease. These are so important that 30 per cent of the moles’ brain cortex is dedicated to handling information from their front dentures.

It can smell underwater

The star-nosed mole has developed a clever way of sniffing out prey underwater without drowning. Quickly re-inhaling the air bubbles that leave their nostrils after exhaling, they are able to continuously blow bubbles and sniff at a rate of five to ten times per second.

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