Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Naked Mole-rat


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Heterocephalus glaber
PROFILE:

Naked mole-rats are not completely hairless, but pretty close! These rodents live in a complex eusocial community. This means that in a colony there is only one breeding female or queen. Naked mole-rats live in large, underground systems of tunnels and are essentially blind. They rely heavily on their sense of smell and the ability to detect even the smallest of vibrations.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, rodent
NATIVE TO:
Africa: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Herbivore; eat roots of plants
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 28 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Eusocial; colonies usually top out at 80 animals, but can be as large as 290 individuals.
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