Behavior

Dassie rats are diurnal and occur singly, in pairs, or in family groups. Because of the flat skull and the manner in which they can flatten the body they can squeeze into very narrow crevices when threatened. They can utilize crevices too narrow even for small hyraxes. Their rock shelters have lookout points, sunbathing platforms and are linked to suitable feeding grounds. They are a docile species with activity noticeable during early morning and late afternoons. Although they will defecate anywhere within the home range, they tend to have latrines where they urinate, causing the rocks to become whitish stained. They love to sun and dust-bathe themselves near their shelters. When threatened they run with great speed for shelter, jumping from rock to rock. They have low water requirements and probably get most of their water from the food they eat.

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