How Much Do You Know About The Naked Mole Rat?

Naked mole rats? Oh yeah, they’re pretty underground. You’ve probably never heard of them. posted on

1. First watch this video for a quick naked mole rat refresher course:

  1. 1. What do naked mole rats most closely resemble?
    1. Tiny sausages encased in testicle skin.
    2. Swollen human fingers with teeth.
    3. Haggis that has been buried underground for an extended period of time.
    4. Hairless rats.
  2. 2. How many individual naked mole rats live in one society?
    1. 2. Naked mole rats are monogamous.
    2. 3-10. They live in polygamous groups.
    3. 70+. They live in eusocial clusters.
    4. 1,000,000+. There is an unseen army of naked mole rats living below every habited continent.
  3. 3. What are the two main types of naked mole rat?
    1. Jocks and Nerds.
    2. Soldiers and Workers.
    3. Capulets and Montagues.
    4. East Coast and West Coast.
  4. 4. What are naked mole rats immune to?
    1. Insults.
    2. Sexually-transmitted diseases.
    3. Love.
    4. Cancer.
  5. 5. What can naked mole rats live with very little of?
    1. Emotional support from their parents.
    2. Sunlight.
    3. Oxygen.
    4. Foods rich in carbohydrates.
  6. 6. How many babies does the queen naked mole rat have in her lifetime?
    1. Trick question. Naked mole rats reproduce asexually.
    2. 1. When they give birth, their sexual organs fall out and they become genderless.
    3. 10-20. They typically give birth to 1 or 2 babies a year.
    4. Nearly 900. (It’s probably exhausting.)

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