Star-nosed mole

Condylura cristata

Fascinating Facts

  • They are good swimmers and divers and have large feet and claws for digging.
  • Very unique appearance with 22 fingerlike appendages surrounding its nostrils.
  • These sensitive appendages are used for object manipulation and perhaps for detection of electrical signals emitted by prey in the water.


Seldom far from bodies of water. The star-nosed mole prefers wet soils in flood plains, swamps, meadows, and other openings near water.  They eat aquatic invertebrates, earthworms and small fish.

Status in the Wild

Least Concern – IUCN 2008


Northeastern United States and southeastern Canada

Location in the Zoo

Mammals Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

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