By Josie October27th, 2023
Each colony of naked mole rats is a complex society with a single queen, a few breeding males, and numerous workers.
In the colony, only the queen reproduces, giving birth to dozens of pups each year. While she is the primary breeder, she doesn’t care for her offspring alone.
Due to the constraints of living underground, the queen has adopted a unique way to pass directives: through her feces.
This fecal communication informs the workers of incoming babies, making them more attentive to the pups.
Also, colonies of these creatures have distinct dialects in their vocalizations, which play a crucial role in distinguishing members of their own group from outsiders.
Intriguingly, the dialect of each colony is significantly influenced by its queen.
Very much like humans, these animals seem to adopt the “queen’s English.