Very little hair (some whiskers and hair on their feet).
Skin is wrinkly, pink or greyish-pink.
Very large incisors which are used to excavate tunnels.
Short, broad head, powerful jaw muscles.
Tiny eyes, no external ears.
"A hot dog with teeth."
7 centimeters (3 inches)
30 to 70 grams (1 to 2.4 ounces)
Only known mammal to be eusocial, like termites and ants, with a caste system.
Colonies of 20 to 300 individuals.
Only 1 breeding female (the Queen).
1 to 3 breeding males.
Other males and females do not breed.
Individuals either workers or soldiers.
70 to 80 days
10 to 27 pups
10 to 30 years
Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)
Exclusively in underground tunnels and burrows in semi-arid, grassy regions
Herbivorous, mostly tubers and roots
Mostly snakes, such as the rufous-beaked snake