Common Name: Star-nosed Mole
Scientific Name: Condylura cristata
Habitat: 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.
Diet: Worms, beetles, ants, larvae, slugs, salamanders, young snakes, and nesting mice when encountered during tunneling.
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.