These beauties might not win any pageants, but they are fascinating. Yes, these odd little creatures with pink, wrinkly skin dig and live in underground burrows the way moles do. Yes, they have skinny, rat-like tails. Yet naked mole-rats are more closely related to porcupines, chinchillas, and guinea pigs than they are to moles or rats and are the only mole-rats that have practically no hair. Why are they "naked"? Native to the desert regions of East Africa, which can be pretty warm during the day, naked mole-rats live underground.
Naked Mole Rat - Description, Habitat, Image, Diet, and Interesting Facts
Naked mole rat
Sand puppy. Naked mole-rats are burrowing rodents native to parts of East Africa. They are one of the only known eusocial mammals and have a highly unusual set of physical traits that allow them to thrive in a harsh underground environment.
Naked mole rats live underground in the dry, arid regions of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. These unique animals are rodents, but they are more closely related to porcupines and guinea pigs than they are to either moles or rats. Most naked mole rats are 4 to 6 inches long, and weigh 1 to 3 ounces. The dominant female in the mole rat colony is larger and heavier. Naked mole rats rarely use their eyes, but they have excellent hearing and touch.