Cane rats

(Thryonomyidae)

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Thryonomyidae

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Robust rodents with stocky bodies, small ears, and short tails; body covered with sharply pointed, but pliable, spiny hairs; broad, heavily built orange-colored chisel-shaped incisors, with the upper ones grooved longitudinally at the front

Size

1.3-2.6 ft (40.9-79.3 cm); 3.1-14.3 lb (1.4-6.5 kg)

Number of genera, species

1 genus; 2 species

Habitat

Wooded savanna and grassland

Conservation status

Not threatened

Distribution

Common throughout Africa south of the Sahara in humid and sub-humid areas where dense grass or reeds are found

Distribution

Common throughout Africa south of the Sahara in humid and sub-humid areas where dense grass or reeds are found

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