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Naked mole rat

Naked mole rat
Heterocephalus glaber / Naked mole rat

Naked mole rat
Habitat
Semi-deserts and dry grasslands
Continent
Africa
Food
Tubers, roots and other underground plant parts
Gestation/breeding period
70 days
Mode of life
Highly social family groups with mostly 75, but up to 300 animals
Class
Mammals
Order
Rodentia

Key facts

~ 10 cm
size

30 - 50 g
weight

~ 20 years
age

How endangered are Naked mole rats?

by IUCN (Red List of Threatened Species)

  • Not evaluated
  • Data deficient
  • Naked mole rat
    Least concern
    Least concern
  • Near threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically endangered
  • Extinct in the wild
  • Extinct

Did you know?

The naked mole rat is probably immune to cancer and has a reduced sense of pain.

Animal keeper hangouts and feeding times


(Afrika House)

daily
1:45 pm
hangout with commentary


Naked mole rat on the zoo tour

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