The Marsupial Mole is are probably the least understood burrowing mammals in the world. These bizzare creatures are found in the deserts of Western Australia and are so rare, that conservation organizations cannot gather enough information about them to give them a conservation status.
Marsupial moles only grow to about 15 centimeters long and weigh approximately one pound when they are fully grown. They eat mainly insects they find underground, specifically caterpillar larvae.
This creature has several fascinating evolutionary adaptations. As their name suggests, they are marsupials, and raise their young in pouches. Unlike most marsupials, however, their pouch opens backwards so that it does not fill in with soil. They spend almost their whole life underground, like most moles. Due to their underground lives, they have lost their eyes. They only have vestigal lenses under their white skin. They also have lost their ears: marsupial moles only have tiny holes covered by fur. Their legs and arms are short with large, flat claws on their hands and feet. As they dig, they fill in the tunnel beind them. Also interestingly, their neck vertebrae are fused together so that they can keep their head focused forward when digging.
The Cosmic Perspective
Weird. Ugly. Disgusting, People often give animals these titles. They only see whether the animal is cute and furry and pass their judgement based on these criteria. This is truly saddening to me, as many animals are destroyed because of their looks. When we look more closely at the lives of these creatures, we see that many of the features we call ugly and strange are necessary for their very survival, making them wonderful, fascinating animals.