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World’s Ugliest Animal – The Naked Mole Rat - And The Moray Eel

Updated on March 27, 2011

Naked Mole Rat Of East Africa

The world’s ugliest animal is the naked mole rat of East Africa. Or is it the Moray Eel? The naked mole rat is also known as sand puppy as well as desert mole rat. The naked mole rat is a rodent. This rodent is able to thrive in harsh conditions. The Naked Mole Rat has no pain sensation on its skin and that coupled by the fact that it has low metabolism makes it survive in very hard conditions.

The World’s Ugliest Animal Is the Naked Mole Rat of East Africa: image credit -Wikipedia
The World’s Ugliest Animal Is the Naked Mole Rat of East Africa: image credit -Wikipedia
The Moray Eel may also be the ugliest animal on earth: image credit - Wikipedia
The Moray Eel may also be the ugliest animal on earth: image credit - Wikipedia

A Very Complex Social Structure

The Naked Mole Rat lacks neurotransmitters that are responsible for sending pain signals to the central nervous system. Just like bees, the naked mole rats have a very complex social structure where only one female (also called the queen) and one to three males reproduces, while the rest of the animals in the same colony operate as workers. The queen of the Naked Mole Rat can live for up to 18 years. If any other naked mole rat was to behave like the queen, the queen will become very hostile to that one. Upon the death of the queen other females will take her place but the winner is determined by violent struggle with her competitors. The gestation of a female naked rat is 70 days and will give birth to about 12 pups. The pups are fed on feces by other member of the colony until they are able to find for themselves. Whilst a naked mole rat lives for a very long period of twenty years or so, most of that time is spent sleeping.

More ugly Animals

In consideration of the world’s ugliest animal, perhaps it’s all important to consider how ugly the following animals are:

  1. Almiqui
  2. Angora rabbit
  3. Axoloti
  4. Big Head Turkey Vulture
  5. Big Head Turkey Vulture
  6. Blobfish
  7. Dobsonfly
  8. Dumbo octopus
  9. Frilled lizard
  10. Komondor
  11. Matamata Turtle
  12. Monkfish
  13. New sucker-footed bat
  14. Oyster Toadfish
  15. Philippine Tarsier
  16. Proboscis monkey
  17. Purple frog
  18. Russian Wheat Aphid
  19. Star-Nosed Mole
  20. Weevil
  21. Yeti Crab
  22. Man

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    • Emmanuel Kariuki profile image

      Emmanuel Kariuki 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      It's good you have one of the least talked about mammals on earth - the Naked Mole Rat. I was lucky to see real naked mole rats at the Mammalogy department of the National Museums of Kenya. They had been kept in a specially designed plastic environment with see-through tubes to mimic burrows. They went about their business as if they were several feet underground - they are as totally blind. I thought they looked cute with their rodent teeth, and wrinkled baby skin. They use the teeth for burrowing besides gnawing. Beauty they say is in the eye of the beholder.

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting article. Am a fan of strange creatures too. Some of the strange looking animals are actually very beautiful!

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Gave me the shivers just looking at it. I hope its mother loves it. If his mother lives, that is.


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