February 12, 2013

Naked Mole Rat Trivia Quiz Answers

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Naked_mole-ratNaked Mole Rat Trivia Quiz Answers

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.

  1. 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?

  • They are naked because . . .
    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!”
  • Naked mole rats live in tunnels attaching different rooms. Which of the following is NOT a part of the naked mole rat tunnel complex?
    ANSWER: B) Game room
  • One female in the colony is the queen naked mole rat.
    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!
  • How does a female naked mole rat get to be queen?
    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!
  • Not only do naked mole rats eat their poop, they also roll around in it. Why?
    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.

    image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer
    Facts and images courtesy of San Diego Zoo

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    1. Megan

      I’m doing a report on the naked mole rat after reading this! Btw I think it’s cute (my friends dissagree on that though)

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