Naked Mole Rats

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Naked mole rats and Damarland mole rats are the only eusocial mammals, which means that they cooperate to do work and raise their colony's young. The colony has one breeding female and a few breeding males; the rest of the mole rats are workers.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Naked mole rats have fine hairs on their bodies that help them feel their surroundings underground. 00:17

  2. To get additional nutrients, naked mole rats will eat their own feces. 00:46

  3. Naked mole rats are more closely related to chinchillas and porcupines than moles or rats. 00:54

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