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Common mole rat

Cryptomys hottentotus


The average body length of a common mole rat is 10.5 to 16.5 cm, the tail is 1.2 to 3.8 cm. The fur is thick with many different colors, with a distinct white spot on the head. The shape of the body is cylindrical with short appendages. Common mole rats also have chisel-like incisors that are used for digging


The Common mole rat, Cryptomys hottentotus, is a burrowing rodent found in the continent of Africa, specifically in the southwest Cape province, South Africa. It is also found in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.The common mole rat belongs to the Bathyerginae family. Bathyerginae is monophyletic, with all taxa tracing back to one common ancestor.


Unfortunately, this speciman fell prey to a house cat :(

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1 Comment

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

nice gnawers! :)

Wendy Clapham
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Wendy Clapham

Swartland Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 16, 2013
Submitted on Nov 16, 2013

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