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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-04-2002, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Naked Mole-Rat

Naked Mole-Rat



APPEARANCE

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."



SIZE

7 centimeters (3 inches)
30 to 70 grams (1 to 2.4 ounces)

SOCIAL STRUCTURE

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.

GESTATION PERIOD

70 to 80 days




LITTER SIZE

10 to 27 pups


LIFE SPAN

10 to 30 years


RANGE

Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)


HABITAT

Exclusively in underground tunnels and burrows in semi-arid, grassy regions

DIET

Herbivorous, mostly tubers and roots

PREDATORS

Mostly snakes, such as the rufous-beaked snake


Source

Wife to an amazing man,
mom to three wonderful kids (9, 5.10, 4),
2 dogs, 3 hermit crabs and 2 bettas

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 01:43 AM
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Is this the ONLY eusocial mole? I find the fact that any mole is eusocial bizarre.
 
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-21-2002, 02:26 AM
 
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Now that is truly a face only a mother could love! And to have up to 27 at a time jeesh!
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