The moles have a curious black and brown coat, ideal for blending into soil, but they tend to stand out on the trunks of trees. Their eyes are ten times more sensitive to light than the human eye, allowing them to discern insects even in the lowest amounts of moonlight. A tree mole can descend a tree at roughly two feet per minute, taking the same route it took up the tree, by using its sensitive nose to follow its own scent back down the tree. This means it can make a quick escape underground by digging through the soil of the molehill it created earlier before beginning the journey up the trunk.

This is an extract from the book Animals Evolution Avoided