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The animal on the cover of C# Essentials is a star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata). Like all moles, star-nosed moles live primarily in underground tunnels they dig, but they do surface to find food. A mole’s rodent-like body is covered in short, waterproof gray fur, and it is about six to eight inches long. A notable feature is its long claws, which are perfect for digging its trenches and foraging for food. It has small ears and eyes, and sharp pointed teeth. A mole’s eyesight and hearing are known to be terrible.
The star-nosed mole gets its name from the approximate 25 feelers on its nose that help it find food, primarily insects, worms, and small fish, as well as other small pond life. The star-nosed mole is the best swimmer in the mole family and can even dive to catch a fish. It prefers to live in wetlands but can be found in various areas of the Northeast United States and Southeast Canada.
Moles are mammals who nurse their young, and a female mole has one litter of three to six babies per year.
This particular type of mole is considered to be less of a household pest than its mole cousins because its mostly aquatic diet keeps it from rummaging around in backyards for food.
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