RANGE: S.E. Europe; Africa: Libya HABITAT: grassland and cultivated land BODY: 6-12 in TAIL: 0 in
Mole-rats live in complex burrows systems with many chambers and connecting tunnels, which they dig with their teeth and heads, rather than with their feet. They feed underground on roots, bulbs, and tubers but may occasionally venture above ground at night to feed on grasses, seeds, and even insects. One litter of 2 to 4 young is born in early spring, after a gestation of about 4 weeks.