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RANGE: Africa: Angola, Namibia
HABITAT: rocky, arid hills
BODY: 5.5-7.75 in
TAIL: 5.25-7 in
Dassie rats live in colonies and are active in the daytime. They feed on fruit, seeds, and berries. They mate in early summer (October) and give birth in late December to a litter of 1 or 2 young.
Rat information compliments of Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia
Rat illustration by Graham Allen
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