Habitat

They are confined to rocky areas where they occupy crevices or take cover under piles of boulders. They may be scattered throughout different types of vegetation and shelter seems to be more important than the available vegetation type.

When startled, the dassie rat (Petromus typicus) emits a whistle to warn others. (Photo by © Janine Pestel/Visuals Unlimited, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)
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