Naked mole rat
Living in large colonies, the nearly blind naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber) spends its entire life excavating tunnels underground in search of roots and tubers. The colony is led by a single breeding female called the queen that mates with several males. All other colony members forgo breeding to raisethe pups, forage, and maintain the burrow.


  • Where to see them: Eastern Africa
  • Weight: 1 to 2 oz
  • Lifespan: Up to 16 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Savanna
  • Diet: Roots and tubers
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