sand rat


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Related to sand rat: Psammomys obesus
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Noun1.Sand rat - small nearly naked African mole rat of desert areassand rat - small nearly naked African mole rat of desert areas
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
2.Sand rat - southern European gerbilsand rat - southern European gerbil    
gerbil, gerbille - small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping
genus Meriones, Meriones - a genus of Cricetidae
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The sand fly is harboured by the fat sand rat and is extremely resistant to traditional poisons and Rentokil said a specific strategy was needed to combat its spread.
Which animal, often kept as a pet, is known as the Sand Rat or Desert Kangaroo?
The company was studying the desert sand rat, an animal that, like humans, has certain individuals with a greater propensity than others for obesity and diabetes, as well as the inflammation associated with those conditions.
The similarities between the development of metabolic disturbances in the sand rat and humans make the Israeli sand rat the perfect model to explore the underlying genetic reasons for human obesity and diabetes.