Sunday, January 28, 2007


While walking to my vehicle a few days ago, I spotted a creepy looking animal. I'd never seen anything like it before. I am always surprised at what kind of animals I'm able to find on the Island. This one in particular, had these strange kind of 'feelers' near its nose. It was dark grey (almost black) and its feet looked almost webbed. I'd seen moles and shrews in photographs before, but this thing looked almost like some alien life form.

After talking about my find to Hubby and Dylon, Dylon concluded that it was a star-nosed mole. After reading about it on this site, I was shocked as to why it was spotted on our driveway. Apparently, the star-nosed mole is an accomplished swimmer. Though the Blue Jay creek runs through our property, there aren't any streams or marshes near our house! What was this creature doing all the way over here in the middle of winter?? Could it be that the warm spell we had the other week had confused the animal? Poor thing. It's cold out now.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing....

Condylura cristata!!
Copyright 1999 The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammalsedited by Don E. Wilson and Sue Ruff. All rights reserved.


japanmanpete said...

Yes, that is indeed odd looking! You are right- it does look like something out of a sci-fi movie!

japanmanpete said...

By the way, where is that lovely JetBaby/Ms. Moneypenny? I haven't seen her on your blog in a while! Wherever you are, JetBaby, you are missed!

ahappilymarriedmommy said...

What a STRANGE looking animal! I think it is so neat that you can see all kinds of animals where you are.

t said...

AWE! That thing is so cute!

Anonymous said...

they have those in Canada? I would have thought it was too cold there?

Mr. Fabulous said...

That is soooo unattractive LOL

Jill said...

eek. It looks like an old man for some reason!

Diesel said...

Gaaaah! That is creepy.

I found via a comment you left on Fab's blog. :)

Chrissy121875 said...

LOL!! Mr. Fab and Jill, you are so right! It does look so unattractive. Jill, I just thought of an old man with a moustache and glasses! Too funny!

Welcome, Diesel! Thanks for popping by! :)

Chrissy121875 said...

Pete, it does look like a sci-fi creature, doesn't it? Ms. Moneypenny is currently busy, but hopefully will return soon :) Awww! Nice that you miss her though1 LOL!

Chrissy121875 said...

Anon, Canada's climate is condusive to various wildlife. Our summers are warm to hot, spring and fall are mild and winter can be cool to cold. We don't have snow all year round, contrary to popular belief! LOL! Canada is home to a lot of neat animals. In fact, the U.S. and Canada have some similar characteristics (in some areas) re: climate, vegetation, and wildlife.

curiositykiller said...


Miss Moneypenny said...

Hi! Here I am! Swamped under a pile of bills! I'm doing my taxes for the shop, plus buying a house, plus running the store and working a freelance job on top of that....if I can get through this week, I'll be mint! Nice to be missed though, thank you! Hope you are well, Pete :)

I've never seen a creature like that - he's quite cute, really. I remember the first time I saw an opossum waddling across my front lawn I almost jumped out of my skin! I had no idea what it was!

japanmanpete said...

Welcome back Ms. Monneypenny! Don't stray for too long next time! Congratulations on the store and house.

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