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How Much Do You Know About The Star Nosed Mole?

Star nosed moles are the new black. Everyone’s taking quizzes about them this year.

1. Quick, you still have time for a crash course in star nosed mole before the quiz starts!

  1. 1. What kind of eater is the star nosed mole?
    1. Carnivore. Meat city, baby.
    2. Herbivore. Whole Foods FTW!
    3. Omnivore. Loves nothing more than a good buffet.
    4. Vegan. Eating animals is for animals.
  2. 2. What are the touch receptors on the nose-tentacles actually called?
    1. Cavill’s nostrils. Because nostrils are for smelling.
    2. Einer’s organs. Because they’re organs. For doing stuff.
    3. Ritchie’s nodules. Because… nodules.
    4. Whitehurst’s protuberances. Because they’re pro-tube, no question about it.
  3. 3. How long does it take the star nosed mole to identify something as edible and to eat it?
    1. Five minutes: Four minutes to identify, one minute to eat.
    2. An hour. Safety first, y’all.
    3. As little as 120 milliseconds. Places to be, etc.
    4. Trick question! The star nosed mole eats first and asks edibility questions later.
  4. 4. To what percentage of its body mass do this guy's testicles swell during mating season?
    1. 3%. You do realize that’s still a ton, right?
    2. 23%. They become the Michael Jordan of reproductive organs.
    3. 9%. Which would be like a grown man carrying around a bowling ball. Ouch.
    4. 50%. He’s basically half nose and half balls, but ALL MOLE.
  5. 5. How much is known about the social lives of star nosed moles?
    1. The only thing we know for sure is that they mate for life. Mole romance is romance too.
    2. We know a lot, but the one thing we can’t get down is why they travel to warm weather when they get old.
    3. Groups of them have been raised in very naturalistic captive environments, so we know virtually everything. And we do mean EVERYTHING.
    4. Very little. Fiercely private animals, you know. Absolutely hate the paparazzi.

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