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The East African Mole Rat is native to upland areas of Ethiopia, Somalia, and northwest Kenya. It is found at elevations of up to 3,300 metres (10,800 ft) in Ethiopia and up to 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) in other parts of its range.

It is an adaptable species and able to live in a range of habitats including savanna, moist tropical forest, agricultural land, pasture, coffee plantations and gardens.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, dry savanna, high-altitude shrubland and grassland. It lives a solitary existence underground and produces a small litter of pups twice a year, in the two rainy seasons.

The East African Mole Rat is a fossorial species and lives a solitary life in a network of burrows. African mole rats mainly use their bulging teeth, nose, and top of their head to dig channels underground.

East African Mole Rat weigh 160 to 930 grams. Males tend to be noticeably larger than females. Their tails are about twice the length of the hind feet and are usually covered in fur. The fur on the body is soft and thick and comes in a variety of colors, including black, pale gray, brown, and cinnamon.

Some researchers found that their olfactory systems have increased surface area and are highly complex, an evolved trait that may have occurred due to their lifestyle of living in a community with less individuals.

Female East African Mole Rat become sexually mature at about 120 days and the average time between successive litters is around 173 days. The average size of litters is about two. The arrival of the young is synchronized with the middle of the rainy seasons which occur from April to July and again from November to December.

Sometimes areas where this mole rat lives can become flooded. Tests have shown that when this happens, the T. splendens can swim for two minutes or more, walk overground for up to 260 ft. at 23 ft. per minute and dig a new burrow.

The researchers hypothesized that flooding might encourage the animal to disperse to new areas and that the wet ground would make digging the new burrow easier.

The East African Mole Rat can produce seismic signals by striking its head against the ceiling of their tunnels to communicate. These signals can be fast, probably for identification of individuals, or slow, maybe as a warning.

The Northeast African mole-rat is common across most of its range and its population seems stable. It does not face any major threats and for these reasons, the IUCN lists it as being of “Least Concern” in its Red List of Threatened Species, although the IUCN has evaluated the species in the larger view of the East African mole-rat, lumping a number of species in the genus.