What the hell is this little critter?

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What the hell is this little critter?

Postby steve » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:42 pm

I found it outside my front door this morning, looks like a casualty of my cat.
Some kind of mole rat?
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:shock: hows the chompers on that mouth! yiikes...im glad my cats ok.
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Postby armata » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:38 pm

yes, feet and teeth say mole rat to me
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Postby Trayton » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:52 pm

aren't mole rats bald? or is there a reason for it being called a naked mole rat?...a head shot would of helped...wouldn't want a bite from him hey
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:59 pm

Jeepers...That would inspire George Lucas!
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Postby Trayton » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:05 pm

pythonodipsas- who is that?
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:28 am

Naked mole rats are something else completely.

That looks like a mole to me.
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Postby snake-5 » Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:57 am

Just a normal mole they eat worms and grubs they come across when burrowing and play a very important role feeding mole snakes LOL. @ Pythondipsas yeah i can see the storys plot now "It came from beneath..."
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Postby froot » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:02 am

I say it's a mole. Or a dwarf walrus.
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Postby steve » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:13 am

dwarf walrus! lol :lol:
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Postby Bushbaby » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:40 am

I would go with mole rat too. Probably the Common Mole Rat Cryptomys species.

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Postby Pythonodipsas » Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:53 am

Trayton, George Lucas is the man behind Star Wars Movies. I grew up watching his stuff and am an avid fan.
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Postby mm069 » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:36 pm

I've seen these before, live. Quite wierd animals. I assumed that it was a mole at the time.
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Postby Leos r gr8 » Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:18 pm

Did it have a taill?
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Postby steve » Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:37 pm

it had a little stump of a tail, probs round 1/2cm or so. and hardly no eyes at all. very weird. i was surprized to see it around jozi area. :o
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Postby Leos r gr8 » Wed Sep 05, 2007 3:02 pm

I think it's a molerat, probably the common molerat (Crypotmys hottentotus)
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