Naked Mole Rat

Heterocephalus glaber

A tight-knit community

There is a strict hierarchy in the “court” of the naked mole rats: like bees and ants, these rodents live in worker colonies led by a queen. At her side is a dominant male with whom she mates. A single naked mole rate colony comprises some 75 to 80 individuals.


  • Origin

    Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya

  • Habitat

    the savannahs of eastern Africa

  • Diet

    tubers, roots and bulbs

  • Status

    least concern

  • Size

    13 cm

  • Weight

    Worker approx. 35 g, queen up to 60 g

  • Gestation period

    70 days

  • Achievable age

    up to 28 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Snuggle buddies

As naked mole rats are completely furless, they have no way to keep warm on their own. They have therefore developed a few tricks for generating heat when it gets cold, including group hugs and shivering together.

Did you know?

These animals are immune to cancer.
Their skin is wrinkled so that it doesn’t tear if
they get caught on roots.

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