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Naked mole-rats are small, nearly hairless rodents with small eyes and large, protruding teeth. Due to their lack of hair, their colors are either wrinkled pink or yellowish.
Mole-rats are perfectly adapted to live underground, particularly where the climate is dry and arid. They almost solely rely on their teeth to dig tunnels and burrows. Mole-rats live in colonies lead by a queen that is much larger than all the other individuals and is the only female who can reproduce.
- Pink, wrinkled skin is almost entirely hairless.
- Spends its whole life below the scorching East African savannah in underground tunnels.
- Lives in colonies ruled by a single female - a similar social structure to that of ants and bees.
- Born to burrow, moles rarely surface.
- The Bathyergidae family has nine species in five genera; all are native to Africa south of the Sahara. About 30,000,000 years ago they ranged as Mongolia. Mole rats are related to the cane rat, which has a similar range but lives above ground.