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Naked mole-rat(Heterocephalus glaber) informations, facts - classicanimal.com

Naked Mole-rat
Naked mole-rat(Heterocephalus glaber)

Naked mole-rat(Heterocephalus glaber) is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa. It is closely related to the blesmols and is the only species in the genus Heterocephalus. Naked mole-rats practice coprophagy, the reingestion of feces, which helps them maximize their nutrient uptake.

Information

Name

Their scientific name is Heterocephalus glaber. The name naked mole-rat for it's pink and almost hairless skin. Naked mole-rat is also known as 'Sand puppy'.

Common Name: Naked mole-rat
Scientific Name: Heterocephalus glaber
Other Name: Sand puppy

Scientific Classification 

Naked mole-rat belongs to the family of BlesmolThere are only one living species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'. This is a very common species in the world.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Genus: Heterocephalus
Family: Blesmol
Group: Mammal
Number of Species: 1
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Living & Habitat

Naked mole-rat is mostly found in African regions like Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, SomaliaThey prefer habitat underground burrows or tunnels.

Living Locations: Africa
Habitat: Underground burrows, Tunnels

Physical Classification

They are physically small-sized. Naked mole-rat is a mammal species. They have a hairless, tubular body. Naked mole-rat has long teeth. The weight of an adult around 35 g to 57 g. Normally the length of around 6 cm to 7.5 cm. Naked mole-rat can reach up to 5 km/h.

Color: Pink
Skin Type: Smooth
Weight: 30 g to 57 g(Approx)
Size: 6 cm to 7.5 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 5 km/h(Approx)

Diet

Naked mole-rat is mainly part of the Omnivores diet, which means they eat meats and also plants. Naked mole-rat mostly eating worms, insects, plants. Naked mole-rat has some natural predators like snakes, reptiles.

Diet: Omnivores
Favorite Food: Worms, Insects, Plants
Predators: Snakes, Reptiles

Lifestyle

The average lifespan is 4 years in the wild. The naked mole-rat is a nocturnal and solitary mammal. At the age of 6 months males and females, both are ready for sexual maturity. After the gestation period lasts around 70 days and then born around 28 young. The young naked mole-rat is called 'Pups'. The young spend one month with their mother.

Lifestyle: Nocturnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 4 Years
Age of Sexual Maturity: 6 Months
Gestation Period: 70 Days
Average Littles Size: 28
Baby Called: Pups
Age of Weaning: 1 Month

Short Facts

  • Naked mole-rat get all the hydration they need from their plant-based diet. Mole-rats eat the underground parts of plants.

  • Naked mole-rats are one of the only true eusocial mammals, meaning they live in large colonies with just one breeding female, called the queen. The queen is the only mole-rat to produce offspring, and a single litter averages 12 to 28 pups.

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