How to Draw a Star-Nosed Mole

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Star Nosed Mole in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Star Nosed Mole.

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How to Draw a Star Nosed Mole - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Your first step is to draw the shape of the head. Draw two lines that slant down and outward, like a volcano.

Step 2: Next, draw the mole's unique nose. The pieces on this nose are actually called tentacles and the mole uses them to feel for food. When star-nosed moles are born, this nose is sealed closed! It opens after about two weeks.

Step 3: Now draw the mole's mouth and eye. Since the mole's head is turned upward, the eye looks very small--just draw a dot.

Step 4: Draw one of the front paws. These paws have large and very sharp claws that allow the star-nosed mole to dig and burrow in the dirt.

Step 5: Now draw the other front paw. Your star-nosed mole should have 5 claws on each of these paws.

Step 6: Your next step is to draw the rounded body behind the head. It may look big in your drawing, but star-nosed moles are actually about the same size as a hamster.

Step 7: Next, draw the hind paw. The mole is laying on the ground, so you can only see a small part of this paw.

Step 8: Last, draw the tail. Did you know? This mole's tail grows to about 3 times its size in the winter!

Interesting Facts about Star-Nosed Moles

Star-nosed moles are easily identified by the tentacles that surround their nose. The tentacles make a shape resembling a star, hence the name. Star-nosed moles are found in the eastern regions of Canada and the United States.

Did You Know?

  • On average, star-nosed moles are the same size as hamsters.
  • Star-nosed moles have 22 pink fleshy tentacles, also called appendages. These tentacles have more than 25,000 sensory organs used to feel objects.
  • In the wintertime, the star-nosed mole’s tail grows three times its normal size.
  • Star-nosed moles prefer to live in wet areas like marshes, bogs, and swamps, but they are also found on dry land.
  • The diet of the star-nosed mole generally consists of small fish, small amphibians, worms, insects that live in water, and mollusks.
  • When star-nosed moles are born, their eyes, ears, and star are sealed closed. They open after about two weeks.
  • Star-nosed moles become independent from their parents at 30 days old. When they are 10 months of age they are considered adults.
  • Star-nosed moles dig tunnels underground, and usually the exits are underwater.

Star-nosed moles use their unique noses to locate food. Their tentacles are very sensitive, and they wriggle around while the moles are hunting for prey.