Naked Mole-Rats

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A mysterious creature lives under the brick-hard soil of East Africa. It is a strange-looking beast. You might even call it ugly. It has a skinny tail and wrinkly skin, huge front teeth and tiny eyes. It is the naked mole-rat. Illustrated with vivid full-color photographs, this new Nature Watch title depicts the life cycle of these unusual animals.

Describes this strange-looking rodent which lives a social life in a system of ...

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Overview

A mysterious creature lives under the brick-hard soil of East Africa. It is a strange-looking beast. You might even call it ugly. It has a skinny tail and wrinkly skin, huge front teeth and tiny eyes. It is the naked mole-rat. Illustrated with vivid full-color photographs, this new Nature Watch title depicts the life cycle of these unusual animals.

Describes this strange-looking rodent which lives a social life in a system of tunnels under the brick-hard soil of East Africa.

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Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
The naked mole-rat is a mysterious creature that lives under the brick-hard soil of East Africa. Its skinny tail, wrinkly and nearly hairless skin, huge front teeth and tiny eyes cause its appearance to be less than attractive. Although the naked mole-rat's ugly appearance attracts the attention of the casual observer, its social life within the colony is what has attracted the attention of scientists from around the world. The naked mole-rat's unique appearance and social life enable it to survive harsh conditions in an area where other animals could not. This Carolrhoda Nature Watch Book has a clearly written text, accompanied by large, stunning, color photographs that allow the reader to visually enter the animal's burrow and colony. A glossary and index are also included.
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Gr 4-7What animal gives birth and nurses its young like a mammal, controls its body temperature like a reptile, and lives in a colony with one breeding female like a social insect? A most peculiar, quite ugly, and rather fascinating critterthe naked mole rat. The authors' interest in their topic is obvious, and the result is an informative text enhanced (if not beautified) by many crisp full-color photos of a naked mole rat colony going about its daily business: enlarging the network of tunnels; searching blindly for food; guarding the burrow against predators; sleeping in a communal nest like a pile of small, wrinkled hot-water bottles. Unlovely when compared to other rodents such as the dainty deer mouse or the massive capybara, naked mole rats have redeeming characteristics, as the authors reveal when showing that their strange physical and social manifestations allow them to survive in a harsh habitat where their "cuter" cousins would perish. This is for a younger audience than the authors' The Naked Mole-Rat Mystery (Lerner, 1996); while many of the same photos appear in both books, they meet informational needs on widely different reading/research levels. An interesting peephole into a supremely specialized way of life (with a high "ick" factor to boot).Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575050287
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Nature Watch Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.47 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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