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Naked Mole Rat Cam
About Naked Mole Rats
These underground rodents from Sub Saharan Africa challenge many of our assumptions about mammals. They are nearly hairless, cannot regulate their body temperature, and function as a big colony with a single queen. Their resistance to cancer and heart disease challenge scientists in other ways – to figure out how their bodies protect themselves from disease.
- The animals may be motionless but not dead. Their resting metabolism is much lower than that of other mammals. They may breathe slowly and appear not to be breathing at all.
- Sometimes the chamber you are viewing will be full of animals, but don’t worry. They are not getting trampled. They evolved to need and tolerate crowding.
- Naked mole rat use their teeth to dig, chew, and carry their babies, which they can do very gently. They have strong jaws, but they would only bite a person or another animal under very unusual conditions.
- The dark markings you see on the mole rats are identifying tattoos. The ink is for a cause. Because their skin is pink and hairless, the markings are quite conspicuous.
- The clicking sound is the mole rats chewing on their surroundings. This is a natural excavating instinct.
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