While mongooses often live in burrows, they rarely dig them themselves, instead opting to move into vacant burrows left by other animals.
A burrow is an underground tunnel or tunnel network created by an animal. They provide a safe place to live away from predators and harsh weather conditions and can be created in a range of different habitats and substrates. They can be simple, consisting of one tunnel with a single entrance, or complex, with many joining tunnels and multiple entrances.
See which of our A-Z animals make burrows below and click the photos to find out more!
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Pangolins are the only mammal in the world to be covered from head to toe in scales. They eat an enormous 70 million insects every year.
Prairie dogs play a vital role in maintaining the prairie ecosystem. Their churning activities aerate the soil allowing more water penetration, and their nitrogen-rich dung is a natural fertiliser which improves soil quality and vegetation.
Rats are extremely social and affectionate animals. They enjoy the company of other rats and domestic rats love being with humans too.
The beautiful red fox, with its bushy tail and dog-like features, lives throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Foxes are heavily persecuted for fur, sport and ‘pest control’, but at the same time they have thrived alongside humans in many urban and suburban areas.
Tarantula’s moult! The female moults throughout her lifetime, while the male stops moulting when he matures. He is then easily distinguished from the female spider.
Water Voles are water loving mammals, living in burrows by the sides of rivers. They are hunted in Russia and considered a “pest” in much of Europe.