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Ice Rat

Afrikaans name:

Ice Rat

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Otomys sloggetti

The Ice Rat is also known by the far less interesting name of Sloggett's Vlei Rat. It is unique to portions of Lesotho and South Africa.

It is found in grasslands, rocky swamps and marshlands at high altitude.

The Ice Rat is active by day. It spends time basking in the sun to help maintain its body temperature in the cold climate.

Its thick fur, short limbs and tail are all adaptations to the icy conditions it faces during winter.

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References

List of South African Mammals

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