Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

Heterocephalus glaber

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Quick Facts
Body: 3.1 to 3.6 inches;Tail: 1.1 to 1.7 inches"
1.2 to 2.8 ounces
Wild diet: Roots and tubers
Zoo Diet: Sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, leafy veggies, grapes, bananas, and various chows.

Arid regions of central and eastern Ethiopia, central Somalia, and Kenya

Habitat: Underground colonies consisting of extensive and complex burrow systems in hard clay soil.

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.

Status in the Wild

Listed as "least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

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