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 raise the pups, forage, and maintain the burrow.
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Digging tunnels, gnawing roots, and defending against intruders are all functions of the naked mole-rat’s enormous incisors.