To us, naked mole-rats may not be the most attractive of creatures. They are about the size of a thumb, and have little to no hair, with wrinkly pink or yellowish skin. Their eyes are so tiny that they're almost useless. Naked mole-rats have big, buck teeth (used for digging) that stick out beyond their mouth. It's not too surprising that some people liken these strange creatures to sausages with legs!
Status in the Wild
Naked mole-rats are rodents that live under ground in the deserts of Africa. They are found in tight-knit colonies of 20 to 30 (and occasionally up to 100) members. A complex series of burrows and connecting tunnels protect these rodents from the harsh desert conditions above ground. It’s like an underground town, and they rarely leave it. They scurry through the tunnels, moving backward as fast as they move forward.
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Listed as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).