Naked Mole-rat

Heterocephalus glaber

Living in large colonies, the nearly blind naked mole-rat spends its entire life excavating tunnels underground in search of roots and tubers.  The colony is led by a single breeding female called the queen that mates with several males. All other colony  members forgo breeding to raisethe pups, forage, and maintain the burrow.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
weightWeight: 1 to 2 oz
lifespanLifespan: Up to 16 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Savanna
dietDiet: Roots and tubers