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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-28-2002, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat
Heterocephalus glaber
MAMMAL
Order Rodentia

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Length from nose to tail: 3.25 inches. Tail length: 1.5 inches. Weight: 1-2 ounces. The queen may weigh as much as 3 ounces. The animal appears to be naked at first glance, but a few pale-colored hairs are scattered about the head and tail. There are prominent whiskers and a fringe of fine hair is present along the edges of the feet. Has no sweat glands or a subcutaneous fat layer like other mammals, which is why the skin is so wrinkly. Color: skin is pinkish or yellowish in color. Short, broad head, minute eyes, no external ears, and very prominent incisor teeth.

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Naked Mole Rat
Order: Rodentia
Family: Bathyergidae

What do naked mole-rats look like?
Naked mole-rats are 7 to 8 cm long, with a 1 cm long tail. They weigh between 25 and 40 g. They have little to no hair throughout their body. Their skin is wrinkled and pinkish or yellowish. Their eyes are very small and barely used for sight. They have very small external ears and a good sense of smell. They have very noticeable front teeth that stick out beyond flaps of skin that close off the rest of the mouth. Their nose opens directly above their front teeth, but a skin flap protects it against sand and dirt.


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There's a new cartoon on Disney called Kim Possible - one of the characters has a Naked Mole Rat named Rufus as a pet!!!

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OMG they're so ugly!!

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Aww c'mon, he's cute...in a wierd, naked kinda way


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LOL! You too Toirt


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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-10-2002, 12:25 AM
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Let me get this straight.
MOLE / RAT.......
And a naked one at that!
Very strange creature.
So ugly it's cute!
 
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I LOVE naked mole rats! I saw them at the Washington zoo about 5 years ago.. they're awesome! The zoo had a colony that lived in these cages conntected by large tubes.. kinda like a bigger version of the hamu type cages.. and it was set up dark to be like underground. They seemed to be very, uh, content, I guess as naked rats go.
 
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