Inktober day 5! Star-nosed mole
Ok so these are definitely not the cutest of creatures when you google them 😂 but they are so interesting!
Star-nosed moles are found in the eastern US and are active both at night and during the day. Their key identifying feature is of course their nose which has 22 little “rays” that comes out of their face. These rays are constantly in motion and function as feelers as star-nosed moles are essentially blind. Star-nosed miles are the only moles that live in colonies and because of their amazing nose, they can actually smell underwater!
They’re fairly numerous in their native habitat so ranked as least concern on the IUCN red list scale.