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Animal "homes" are places where animals come to rest when they are not active.  Most animals are active during the day, but some are active during dusk or the evening.  Some animal homes are meant for just one animal, while others are for a mother to give birth and raise her young.  Some animal homes are for large groups of animals in which to live together.





The environment in which an animal lives is called a "habitat".  A habitat provides a space to live, water, food and shelter.  Animals make their homes within their habitats.

While humans live in houses, cabins, trailers, igloos, tipis, boats, etc., animals make their homes in trees, burrows, webs, hives, shells, the open range, houses, in water, barns, nests, caves and galls. Beavers live in lodges;  pigs live in a sty; a squirrel lives in a drey; a high eagle's nest is called an aerie; a colony of rabbits lives in a warren; and the home of an otter is called a holt. Have I missed any?  Some animal homes are easy to spot, but most are camouflaged to protect the animal from predators.

Left:  A man-made bat house.
Right:  Entrance to a chipmunk's den littered with food.


Animals build their homes from materials that they find in their habitat.  Some of these include  sticks, twigs, leaves, grasses, mud and stones. 


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Be an animal detective.... 

Look and listen for clues to animal dwellings.  Can you hear rustling, singing, warning chirps or barks?  Look for footprints, signs of chewing, or animal scat (that's poop) on the ground around you.  Do you notice evidence of eaten food?  The photograph on the right shows a chipmunk who has done a poor job of hiding his underground den by leaving the entrance way littered with eaten pine cones.  Tufts of fur, feathers or shed skin will also give you clues of an animal's domain.


For more information on animal homes, please visit the following categories -


Burrows & Dens
(20 - Images

Capsules - Learn about
the leaf-curl spider.
(14 - images

(3 - Images

(7 - Images


Foam (Spittle Bugs)
(7 - Images

Goldenrod galls, grubs 
& larva. (16 - Images

(14 - Images bee, hornet 
& wasp nests).

7 - Images

(12 - Images of bird & bat houses, barns, etc.

(28 - Images

Open Range
(10 - Images of animals 
living on the open range.

(19 - images of snail, 
conch & turtle shells

(18 - Images

(21 - images

Webs & Sacs
(7 - Images


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