Beneath the shifting sands of the African desert, a colony of naked mole rats lives as one. Together these mostly blind rodents coexist in a social system much like ants and bees.
Four protruding teeth on the outside of the lips. Eyes are almost useless. Ears are just holes in the skin. Wrinkled pinkish skin. 3” to 4” long, weighs 102 grams. Largely hairless, although covered by some thin hairs that are sensitive to vibration.
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The naked mole rat's incisors can be moved separately or together, and their lips close behind them to keep out dirt.
Lives in a large colony and has a cooperative social structure. It is a burrowing rodent, virtually blind, and never eats food above ground. Only mammal with a social organization similar to bees, ants, and termites.
The colony is dominated by the only breeding female or queen. The queen has 1 to 3 mates. She mates almost every 3 months within about 1 week of her last litter.