News: Meet the ‘sabre-toothed sausage’

Now this little fella is one heck of a Crazy Creature, check out this fascinating article from the BBC website:

“They look a bit like a sabre-toothed sausage,” says Dr Chris Faulkes, as we enter the naked mole rat laboratory at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL).

Scuttling around in a maze of tubes are dozens of small rodents. They appear to be hairless, covered with wrinkly, pink skin and they have beady, black eyes. But the thing that really catches your attention is their enormous, protruding teeth.

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A Lean, Mean, Eating Machine

Well I just couldn’t resist coming back and re-exploring this crazy faced creature. I posted up a video of him a while back and I felt guilty every time I saw his cute little sniffer that I didn’t write a few paragraphs on his behalf.

Now check out this little guy for an incredibly obscure looking mammal. I feel a bit sorry for him because if you were to chop its bizarre nose off he would just look like a normal mole. As it happens he seems to have 22 fleshy tentacle bits protruding from around its nostrils giving it an unfair advantage in ugly creature face competitions. Lets have a more in depth look at what makes this record breaker so unusual.

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Marsupial Mole

The Marsupial Mole is actually not a mole but a curious little marsupial creature, only about 15 centimetres long. The characteristic of a marsupial is that the female of the species has a pouch to carry its young in. The Marsupial Mole is from the red deserts of Western and South Western Australia where it spends its time burrowing around in the dry flat riverbeds and dunes. The local aboriginals call it Itjaritjari.

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