naked mole rat

noun

Definition of naked mole rat 

: a mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber of the family Bathyergidae) found in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya that has nearly hairless wrinkled skin and is practically blind

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The exhibit includes more than 20 different species, including the panther chameleon, naked mole rat, walking batfish, giant Pacific octopus and more. Brittany Nader, cleveland.com, "Akron Zoo brings new exotic animals to June Curious Creatures exhibit," 15 May 2018 Encounters with red pandas are sold out at the Houston Zoo, but are available with the zoo’s naked mole rat, which has large buck teeth. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Sloths Hot, Armadillos Not: Zoos Seek Affection for Overlooked Species," 29 Mar. 2018 Rochelle Buffenstein, a comparative biologist at Calico Life Sciences, has been studying naked mole rats for the past 30 years. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Old Age Doesn’t Seem to Kill Naked Mole Rats," 31 Jan. 2018 But naked mole rats seem to have avoided the pitfalls of both. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Naked mole rats have a complicated relationship with cancer," 7 Feb. 2018 Will Disney blow thousands on a creating a fully functional CGI naked mole rat so Rufus can have his moment in the sun? Alexis Nedd, Cosmopolitan, "There's a Live Action Kim Possible Movie in the Works," 7 Feb. 2018 Plants and animals featured in the exhibit include: Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, the panther chameleon, naked mole rats, leaf-cutter ants, electric eels, and the giant Pacific octopus, among others. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Akron Zoo to host 'Why So Curious' events in February," 24 Jan. 2018 The invertebrate and subterranean exhibit building includes the beehive, flying insects and a naked mole rat tunnel. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$30M record gift will jumpstart a new Children's Zoo, opening in 2021," 12 Jan. 2018 Normally, anoxia causes a buildup of fructose that damages tissue, but the naked mole rat is able to convert that buildup into useable fuel. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "This Surprising Rodent Can Survive 18 Minutes Without Oxygen," 20 Apr. 2017

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