Naked mole-rats are pink, nearly hairless subterranean rodents that live in burrows in eastern Africa. These surprisingly long-lived animals are one of the only true eusocial mammals; they live in large colonies in which only one female breeds and the majority of individuals spend their lives working for the colony. Nov 11, 2010 · Colony Behavior Naked mole rats are rodents, but they live in communities like those of many insects. Several dozen rats live together in colonies led by one dominant rat—the queen. As in .
Naked Mole Rat Cam See what the naked mole rat colony at Pacific Science Center is up to 24/7 with the live naked mole rat cam. If you have trouble seeing the video below, try this direct link. *Due to some recent posts about our Naked Mole Rat Cam on Reddit, traffic to this camera is very heavy. As in insect colonies, naked mole rats have a caste system. A colony has one female (queen) and one to three males, while the rest of the rats are sterile workers. The queen and males begin breeding at one year of age. The hormones and ovaries of worker females are suppressed, so if the queen dies, one of them can take over for her.
The naked mole-rat colony has a specific job for each member and is led by the queen. Only a small group of males is allowed to mate with the queen. The other naked mole-rats in the colony serve as soldiers or workers. The mole-rats assigned as workers scout for .