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Cape dune mole-rat

Bathyergus suillus


Solitary species which can weigh up to 2kg. Males are bigger than females. They use their clawed forefeet and incisors for excavating soil. They have a lower body temperature (35°C) than other mammals and therefore do not like cold temperatures. During breeding season, males and females find each other by drumming on the floors of their burrows with their hind legs.


Sand dunes receiving more than 500mm rain a year.


Only one other species known, the namaqua dune mole-rat.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 6, 2013
Submitted on Aug 18, 2013

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