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Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnality is a unique behavior found in only a few specific animals. To know all about nocturnal animals, including some interesting facts, read on...
There are thousands of animals in this world. It is obviously not possible to recognize each of them individually. That is why we have these animals in an animal kingdom, which has many sub-categories under it. These categories are based on the unique characteristics found in these animals. For example, the animals which are included in the category of nocturnal animals, have a special characteristic in them, which is not found in any other animal.

What is that special characteristic? Well, unlike any other animals, nocturnal animals sleep during the day and carry out all their activities during the night. So now you know why your pet cat is asleep throughout the day and vanishes during the night! Not only the animals, even some plants are nocturnal; these plants bloom at night and close during the day! The nocturnal behavior found in animal species has some specific reasons. Let us take a look at those reasons.

Facts About Nocturnal Animals

There are two main causes behind the nocturnality of animals. Nocturnal behavior is mainly seen in animals that live in areas of extreme heat or deserts. These animals cannot adapt themselves to the heat and that is why they sleep during the daytime and are active during the night when the heat is low. Protection is another important factor of nocturnality. Except nocturnal animals, all other animals are awake during the day time, they hunt for their prey during daytime only. Nocturnal animals remain inactive to protect themselves from these diurnal animals. That is why nocturnal animals generally feed on other nocturnal animals only. This was a brief introduction of nocturnality and nocturnal animals. I am sure you must be wondering how nocturnal animals can see in the dark; the following paragraph will explain to you how.

Many times, we stumble even in dim light, in pitch darkness it is almost impossible to see anything for us. This is why we wonder how nocturnal animals can survive in the dark. Well, some of the nocturnal animals like cats have special adapted eyes due to which they can easily see even in the dark. Other nocturnal animals have dim eyesight, however, they are blessed with a strong sense of smell, hearing and touch with the help of which they can easily survive. So in short, all nocturnal animals have developed senses, which helps them to survive. Wasn't this an interesting fact about nocturnal animals? Scroll down to know some facts about nocturnal animals for kids, which are sure to entertain you!
  • Hamsters make a burrow and hide in throughout the day to hide themselves from their enemies.
  • Snow leopards make use of snow to camouflage themselves, to hunt their prey.
  • Aye-Aye is about 16 inches long, and yet it sleeps in a nest, which is built by itself!
  • Owls can hunt with ease during the night as they have a strong eyesight.
Nocturnal Animals List

The following is a nocturnal animals list, however, this contains only those animals who are still found in some or the other part of the world, extinct animals are not included in this list.
  • Cat
  • Wolf
  • Skunk
  • Jaguar animal
  • Possum
  • Eastern Woolly Lemur
  • Kakapo
  • Badger
  • Raccoon
  • Firefly
  • Tarantula
  • Bat
  • Mouse
  • Scorpion
  • Gerbil
  • Hedgehog
  • Bat-eared Fox
  • Python regius
  • Rabbit rat
  • Oncilla
  • Binturong
  • Hamster
  • Octodon
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Panamanian Night Monkey
  • Western Woolly Lemur
  • Iranian Jerboa
  • Cyprus Spiny Mouse
  • Aye-aye
  • Bush Rat
  • Hermit Crab
  • Kiwi
  • Opossum
  • Perdido Key Beach Mouse
  • Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth
  • Chohan Monkey
  • Koala Bears
  • Margay
  • Catfish
  • Tarsier
  • Phyllophaga (genus)
  • Spectacled Bear
  • Wombat
  • Mole
  • Paradoxical Frog
  • Ratel (Honey Badger)
  • Nine-banded Armadillo
  • Galagos
  • Slow Loris
  • White-faced Storm-petrel
  • Owl
  • Cockroach
  • Kit Fox
  • Cricket
  • Mink
  • Red-eyed Tree Frog
  • Great Grey Slug
  • Brazilian Rabbit
  • Pangolin
  • Kangaroo
This was all about the interesting facts about nocturnal animals, along with the entire list of these animals. I hope this article helped you to know more about this unique category of animals. So now that you have all the information, you can now differentiate between nocturnal and other species of animals, who knows, you may even come across an undiscovered nocturnal animal!
By Girija Shinde
Last Updated: 10/6/2011
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