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naked mole-rat
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

Naked Mole-rat

This small rodent lives in underground tunnels in the semi-arid grassy regions of Eastern Africa. Like many insects, naked mole-rats are eusocial—they live in a colony in which the animals belong to a caste (such as soldier) and the queen is the only female that reproduces.

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