THE STAR-NOSED MOLE
This is a small mole mostly found in wet low areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. it’s actually the only member of the tribe Condylurini and the genus Condylura. Its distinctive features include the twenty-two pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout, this is their touch organ, it has over 25,000 minute sensory receptors. With the receptors it can identify food by touch. It feeds on worms, insects and crustaceans.
The mole is covered in thick, blackish-brown, water-repellant fur. The feet are long, large and scaled. It has a thick tail which functions as a fat storage reserve for the spring. Spring is their breeding season.
They are only found on the island of Madagascar. They look less like primates but they are actually related to humans, apes and chimpanzees
They are dark brown or black in color. Their distinguishing factor is the bushy tail that is larger than their body. They have big eyes, large ears which are very sensitive and slender fingers. Their claws are pointed except for the opposable big toes. This makes it easier for them to dangle from branches.
The Aye-ayes spend most of their lives in rain forest trees. They literally fear the earth. They are nocturnal and spend their day curled up in a ball like nest in the branches .The nests have single entry holes.
This is also known as “sea cow”, it has close relations to the Mantee. They both belong to the order sirenia. The Dugong is a marine animal and can be spotted in warm coastal waters of the Red Sea, East Africa, Australia, Philippines and Japan.
Chemical pollution has decreased their numbers. Uncontrolled hunting and accelerated coastal development are also contributing factors to their decrease. It has a slow reproduction system.
The Dugong can reach a length of 11 feet and weigh up to 2000 pounds!!Their tails are flat and they have flippers like the Whale. It has evolved from an elephant like creature for approximately 60 million years.
It has a large mouth with upper lip for bristling sea grass. It’s a vegetarian and can eat up to 90 pounds of seaweed daily.
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