Damaraland Mole Rat

Cryptomys damarensis

Body Length:3.5–10"
Weight:4–7 oz
Geographic Distribution:Northern South Africa, southern Angola, central and northern Namibia, western Zimbabwe, and western Zambia (including Botswana)
Habitat:Semi-deserts and dry savannahs
Wild Diet: Tubers, bulbs, roots and geophytes (a plant propogated by underground buds)
Zoo Diet:Sweet potatoes, white potatoes, turnips, apples, pears, carrots, mixed vegetables, bananas, leafies, and chow
Status in the Wild:Least Concern
Location:Desert's Edge

The Damaraland mole rat's body is cylindrical and covered in short, thick, and glossy fur that varies from brown to buff or black in color, though they have a light-colored patch on their head. Their legs are short and stout with relatively large feet. They have small eyes and ears. A mole rat's teeth grow continuously, especially its prominent upper and lower incisors, and need frequent sharpening. To do so, a mole rat moves its lower jaw in a forward, backward, and side-to-side motion. The more a mole rat digs, the more often it needs to sharpen its teeth.