East African mole rat

East African mole rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Muridae
Subfamily : Rhizomyinae
Species : Tachyoryctes splendens


The East african mole rat is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the East African mole rat
A young / baby of a East African mole rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A East African mole rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.
Ethiopia and Somalia
Some facts about the
East African mole rat

Adult weight : 0.22 kg (0.484 lbs)

Female maturity :150 days

Male maturity : 180 days

Gestation : 40 days

Weaning : 35 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 2

Interval between litters : 173 days

Weight at birth : 0.02 kg (0.044 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 1 W

Body mass : 0.197 kg (0.4334 lbs)

Temperature : 35.85 °C (96.53 °F)

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Facts about the East African mole rat

In its absence, the common mole-rat Tachyoryctes splendens is most commonly eaten.

The endemic mole-rat Tachyoryctes splendens is common throughout the northern slopes and the Hinde Valley at elevations up to 4,000m.

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