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marsupial mole

The Blind, Earless, Marsupial Mole

The marsupial mole is blind, their eyes having become reduced to vestigial (an ancestral retention that has lost all or part of its original function) lenses under the skin, and they have no external ears, just a pair of tiny holes hidden under thick hair. The head is cone-shaped, with a leathery shield over the muzzle, their body is tubular, and the tail is a short, bald stub. Read more about these fascinating critters.

First the Stats…

Scientific name: Notoryctidae
Weight: 1.4 – 2.1 ounces
Length: 4.7 – 6.3 inches
Lifespan: Unknown | Only up to a month in captivity

Now on to the Facts!

1.) They use their forelimbs and enlarged central claws to dig their burrows.

2.) Their pouch has evolved to face backwards so it does not fill with sand, and contains just two teats, so they can’t have more than 2 young at a time.

3.) The marsupial mole typically doesn’t drink water, instead they get all or most of their hydration from the arthropods, insect eggs, larvae, pupae, seeds, and lizards they eat.

4.) Marsupial moles spend nearly their entire lives underground!

5.) This mole can dig at depths of up to 7.5 feet.

But wait, there’s more on the marsupial mole!

6.) The moles are solitary creatures that typically only come together to mate.

7.) Marsupial mole do not make permanent tunnels, but rather dig through sand and the sand caves in behind them.

Did you know…?
These moles have been recorded to suddenly “faint” on the surface without waking up for several hours until disturbed.

8.) Aborigines have made the marsupial mole part of their mythology going back thousands of years.

Now a Short Marsupial Mole Video!

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With over 41 years of critter experience to my credit and hundreds of zoology teaching hours to people around the world, I have amassed not only a continuing thirst for critter knowledge but a desire to teach others all I can about the majesty and wonder of our natural world. Critter Science is a culmination of such knowledge.I have hands on as well as book acquired intel on all kinds of critters. Whether they're on land, sea, or air.I will never say that I know everything about all animals. That's impossible, even for a savant. But, that being said, ask me any animal question and I'll answer it. If I don't know the answer, I'll get an answer for you!Let it be said that I have been oft times accused of loving animals more than I love people. I can neither confirm nor deny this.

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