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Soricomorpha: Shrews and Moles
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Soricomorpha: Shrews and Moles

Despite being blind or nearly so, shrews and moles are voracious hunters. They eat worms, insects, and small animals. Shrews are one of the few mammals that can echolocate. Moles live underground, digging tunnels and foraging with an ultra-sensitive snout and hair.

From paralyzing venom to nose tentacles to superb hearing, there’s a lot about shrews and moles that just might surprise you.

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Fooled by Nature: Star Nosed Mole

Fooled by Nature: Star Nosed Mole

This mole's 22-tentacled nose lets it take 10 snapshots of its surroundings every second, giving it the best sense of touch in the natural world. More...

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Animal Planet
This Shrew Can Survive You Standing on It (Maybe. Please Don’t Try)

This Shrew Can Survive You Standing on It (Maybe. Please Don’t Try)

The hero shrew is one tough critter, thanks to its incredibly strong backbone. Find out what makes its unusual spine so robust. More...

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WIRED
Animal Facts: Mole

Animal Facts: Mole

Although they’re a common garden visitor, mole sightings are rare. Watch this creature up close and learn about its sensitive snout and spade-like front feet. More...

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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Identifying Moles, Voles, and Shrews

Identifying Moles, Voles, and Shrews

Moles live underground and dig tunnels. Shrews live above ground and in the tunnels created by moles. Find out which one has soft, velvety fur. More...

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Penn State
Mole

Mole

Moles are amazing digging machines that can excavate a tunnel as long as 65 feet (20 meters) in one day. Get more info and watch videos about this solitary burrower. More...

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BBC
Mole Man Gets a MacArthur

Mole Man Gets a MacArthur

Meet Ken Catania, an elaborate practical jokester and an award-winning neuroscientist. And find out what he’s discovered about the star-nosed mole. More...

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Seed Magazine
Mole Revenge

Mole Revenge

This unusual mole loves the fresh air. While he was above ground, troublemakers captured his family. Guide him through all 9 levels to rescue them. More...

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Scorpion vs. Scorpion vs. Shrew

Scorpion vs. Scorpion vs. Shrew

Two scorpions battle to the death, and the victor’s prize is feasting on its opponent. But watch what happens when a shrew hits the scene. Can it take down a venomous scorpion? More...

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National Geographic
Shrews on Attack

Shrews on Attack

The short-tailed shrew is the only North American mammal with a poisonous bite. Watch this lightning-fast, nearly blind creature take on a garter snake. More...

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National Geographic
Shrews, Moles, and Relatives

Shrews, Moles, and Relatives

Nearly 400 species of shrews belong to the family Soricidae. Read up on the common shrew, moles, and their insectivore cousins — the desmans. More...

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BBC
Stealthy Moles

Stealthy Moles

Totally blind, Grant’s golden mole relies on its superb hearing to hunt. Learn about its fluctuating body temperature and watch it swim through the sand to catch a tasty insect. More...

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Animal Planet
The Ultimate Mole Quiz

The Ultimate Mole Quiz

If you know the mole’s habitat, most important sense, how it digs tunnels, and what it eats, you’re ready to try this quiz. More...

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Animal Planet

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