The twenty-two tiny tentacles protruding from the star-nosed mole’s nose are used in several ways. They are constantly burrowing under the earth, and at these times the “star” can be folded inward to prevent soil from entering the nostrils. It performs a similar task during feeding, to protect the nose and face. When the animal is foraging, its true skill with its tentacles is revealed; they are constantly moving, too fast to see, to feel around the area in front of the mole and identify prey (usually insects and earthworms) before it can escape.
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