Steenbok Nature Reserve
Common NameFamily Name
Vlei ratOtomys irroratus

This is a rat-like rodent, dark brown to black in color. It is confined to the moist eastern and southern parts of Southern Africa. Its preferred habitats are lush vegetation with wet soil and standing water. The mass of adults range from 80 to 150g. They are nocturnal, terrestrial and solitary living. They are strict herbivores, feeding on grass, herbs and sedges. They young are very well developed at birth.