Ugliest animals on the planet July 22, 2019-naked mole rat
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Started by metmike - July 22, 2019, 9:43 p.m.

As we learn from its name, this rat species has got no fur on its body. Combining a skinny body with no fur, we get a naked mole rat and it is not very pleasing to the eye. It is a completely unfortunate sight for many reasons. Firstly, it has scattered hair on its body which looks appalling and moreover it has very small eyes, almost non-existent and protruding teeth. Not a beautiful sight, is it?


By metmike - July 22, 2019, 9:46 p.m.
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By metmike - July 22, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
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The naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber), also known as the sand puppy,[4] is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa. It is closely related to the blesmols and is the only species in the genus Heterocephalus of the family Heterocephalidae.[5] The naked mole-rat and the Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis)[6][7] are the only known eusocial mammals, the highest classification of sociality. It has a highly unusual set of physical traits that allow it to thrive in a harsh underground environment and is the only mammalian thermoconformer, almost entirely ectothermic (cold-blooded) in how it regulates body temperature.[8]

The naked mole-rat lacks pain sensitivity in its skin, and has very low metabolic and respiratory rates. While formerly considered to belong to the same family as other African mole-rats, Bathyergidae, more recent investigation places it in a separate family, Heterocephalidae.[9][10][11] The naked mole-rat is also remarkable for its longevity and its resistance to cancer and oxygen deprivation.

By wxgrant - July 22, 2019, 10:42 p.m.
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First photo look like a sweet potato with teeth...YUCK! 

By metmike - July 22, 2019, 10:58 p.m.
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Here's my recipe for those interested in trying something new.

Baked naked mole rat with sour cream (-:

Cut up sweet potatoes


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Naked mole rat teeth can be removed after baking, when they are easiest to separate from the edible parts(-:

By metmike - July 22, 2019, 11:10 p.m.
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            While rats are met with revulsion in most parts of the world, some communities put rodents pride of place on the dinner menu.

            (Credit: Meyer-Rochow & Megu)Rodent meat is the most delicious and best meat they can imagine




            (Credit: Grant Singleton)      

A food vendor sells freshly barbecued field rats alongside a highway just north of Bangkok, Thailand (Credit: Grant Singleton)