How can a star-nosed mole find a worm by using its feelers to touch the worm without the worm knowing and escaping? Tyler Friesen, Arlington, TX
Because moles like me live mostly underground, we have very poor eyesight. But, even though we dont see very well, we have excellent hearing. We listen for vibrations in the soil that can tell us if danger or dinner is near. We also have hairs on our noses and front feet that allow us to feel our way around when looking for tasty worms and other insects
Even though all moles arent as fast as me, most can dig and move around pretty quickly. In fact, our wedge-shaped heads, pointed noses, and large forelegs allow us to burrow almost 50 feet of tunnel in just one hour! I hate to brag, but I don't know too many creatures that can burrow through dirt, around rocks and over roots that fast.
The reason why we dont let worms escape once we find them is because we move just a little quicker than they do. One might escape every now and then, but for the most part we don't miss too many meals.