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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.

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

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  1. 1. What kind of eater is the star nosed mole?

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    Carnivore. Meat city, baby.
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    Herbivore. Whole Foods FTW!
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    Omnivore. Loves nothing more than a good buffet.
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    Vegan. Eating animals is for animals.
  2. 2. What are the touch receptors on the nose-tentacles actually called?

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    Cavill's nostrils. Because nostrils are for smelling.
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    Einer's organs. Because they're organs. For doing stuff.
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    Ritchie's nodules. Because... nodules.
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    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?

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    Five minutes: Four minutes to identify, one minute to eat.
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    An hour. Safety first, y'all.
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    As little as 120 milliseconds. Places to be, etc.
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    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?

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    3%. You do realize that's still a ton, right?
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    23%. They become the Michael Jordan of reproductive organs.
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    9%. Which would be like a grown man carrying around a bowling ball. Ouch.
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    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?

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    The only thing we know for sure is that they mate for life. Mole romance is romance too.
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    We know a lot, but the one thing we can't get down is why they travel to warm weather when they get old.
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    Groups of them have been raised in very naturalistic captive environments, so we know virtually everything. And we do mean EVERYTHING.
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    Very little. Fiercely private animals, you know. Absolutely hate the paparazzi.
 
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