Iroquois-area resident ‘creeped out’ by ‘mystery’ animal outside her home

Seen in image above: Katrina Loucks found this 'mystery' rodent scratching and trying to claw his way through her basement window. The animal was later identified as a star-nosed mole. Her boyfriend is seen holding the critter in his gloved-hand. Photo courtesy of Katrina Loucks.

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

IROQUOIS — What the heck is that? Thought Iroquois resident Katrina Loucks as she heard a strange noise coming from her basement. When she arrived downstairs spotted the ugly looking thing scratching at her window last night.

The thing she found was a star-nosed mole.

He was scratching and seemed to be trying to get in,” Loucks explained.

She was so ‘creeped out’ by the rodent that she used her phone to call her boyfriend who was just outside “thinking maybe he knew what it was.”

“I didn’t really scream but was really creeped out because I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.

Loucks posted her image of the rodent on her Facebook page and many were commenting on it. Some were grossed out, some were intrigued, and others thought it was “pretty in its ugliness.”

Loucks also noted that the critter was about three to four inches long.

According to Wikipedia, “The star-nosed mole — scientifically known as a Condylura cristata — is a small mole found in wet low areas in the northern parts of North America.

“It is easily identifiable by the twenty-two pink fleshy appendages ringing its snout which is used as a touch organ with more than 25,000-minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs, with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around. With the help of its Eimer’s organs, it may be perfectly poised to detect seismic wave vibrations.”

Wikipedia also states that, “They able to smell underwater, accomplished by exhaling air bubbles onto objects or scent trails and then inhaling the bubbles to carry scents back through the nose.”

The eat mainly earthworms and insects and find home in wet areas such as marshes.

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