Last week we asked you to take a good, long look at the naked mole rat in our Naked Mole Rat Trivia Quiz. Now, we reveal the answers.
- The naked mole rat is not a mole or a rat, but is most closely related to which species?
ANSWER: B) Porcupine. I don't see a resemblance. Do you?
ANSWER: B) They live underground so they don’t need hair to protect them from the sun. I don’t know this for a fact, but I bet they like their hairless look, too. I bet when they pass each other in the tunnel, they give each other high-fives and say, “Lookin’ good, bro!”
ANSWER: B) Game room
How do the other naked mole rats show respect to their queen?
ANSWER: B) They bring her food all day long. It sounds like a sweet life, but the queen has to have all the babies for the colony, up to 100 babies a year! Imagine taking care of 100 babies!
ANSWER: C) She has to fight other females to the death. Even after she becomes queen, she still has to fight off challengers who want her position – and watch the babies at the same time! By the way, there is no king. The queen rules the naked mole rat colony alone!
ANSWER: C) So they all smell the same. They identify the members of their own colony by their smell, so they can tell right away if someone has been rolling around in a different colony’s poop pile. Intruder alert!
I hope you enjoyed learning about the naked mole rat and can now see past their looks to appreciate the truly bizarre and fascinating creatures they are. To be honest, I think they are actually kind of cute! Do you? Leave a Comment.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Facts and images courtesy of San Diego Zoo