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Hydrax Huddle

Huddle up!
Do you ever huddle in a group to stay warm? Hyraxes do. At night, they huddle in their dens, sometimes in a pile. In the morning sun, they huddle on the rocks for an hour or so, basking in the warmth. Hyraxes huddle more than most mammals because a hyrax alone produces very little body heat.

Sharing shelter
Different species of hyraxes live together, peacefully sharing crevices and body heat. To avoid face-to-face conflicts, huddling hyraxes face slightly away from one another and a hyrax joining a group usually backs in. To avoid competing for food, hyrax species dine separately—rock hyraxes eat grasses; bush hyraxes eat leaves.



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