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Damaraland mole rat

(Cryptomys damarensis)

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Description

Like other blesmols,the Damaraland mole-rat has a cylindrical body with short,stout limbs,large feet,and a conical head.It is also similar in size to most other African mole-rats,having a head-body length of 14 to 20 cm (5.5 to 7.9 in),with a short,2 to 3 cm (0.79 to 1.18 in),tail,and weighing between 100 and 280 grams (3.5 and 9.9 oz).There are no external ears,and the blue-coloured eyes are tiny with thick eyelids.The incisor teeth are large and prominent,with flaps of skin behind them to prevent soil from falling into the throat while the animal is using them to dig The fur is short and thick,and varies from fawn to almost black,with shades of brown being most common.There is always a white patch on the top of the head,although its exact shape varies,and there may also be additional blotches of white fur elsewhere on the body.Longer sensory hairs project above the fur over much of the body,with the facial whiskers being particularly long.Females have six teats

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Bathyergidae
Genus:Cryptomys
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