5 Interesting Facts About Pyrenean Desmans

Pyrenean Desman

Here is a Pyrenean desman showing off his funny nose.

Today I want to write about a cute little mammal, the Pyrenean desman.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These cute little guys are closely related to moles and measure about 16 cm long and have a tail that is about the same length.
  2. Pyranean desmans are very well suited to hunting in water at night, with webbed back paws, nostrils and ears that can close underwater and a long sensitive nose that they use to detect their prey.
  3. They eat insects, snails, shrimp and other small invertebrates.
  4. Pyranean desmans live in pairs and can breed more than once every year, with 1-5 babies born with each litter.
  5. They live in the mountain streams of Spain, France and Portugal.  They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to damage to their environment and introduced species.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Pyrenean desmans?

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