Interesting Facts About Nocturnal Pets | Lifestyles

While many animals like to soak up the sun and go about their business in daylight, there are many others that seem to come alive after dark. These night owls and many others hunt and survive in darkness, which is called nocturnal and twilight behavior.

Nocturnal behavior is an adaptation to help animals survive in the dark and avoid predators. While some have excellent night vision, others have poor eyesight and rely on other senses to survive in the dark, according to Animal Sake.

Nocturnal animals sleep all day and are active at night. Crepuscular animals are mostly active at night, but not entirely quiet during the day. While a number of wild animals, such as lemurs, coyotes, and skunks follow these patterns, some animals that have been domesticated as pets also have nocturnal predilections. People who take these animals home should understand that they will not see much action from the animals during the day when the animals are resting. But when the night comes, there will be a lot more activity. Those hoping to sleep on their own may need to make accommodations if they plan to cohabit effectively with nocturnal pets.

Those unsure if their pets are nocturnal can explore this list.

· Mice and Rats: Rats and mice are intelligent and social animals that are often kept as pets. They are most active at night when you hear them squealing, eating and chewing.

· Hamsters: Another small rodent, hamsters are also nocturnal. At night, hamsters can be seen running around on their wheels, collecting food and making nests in their litter.

· African Pygmy Hedgehog: This is a species of hedgehog commonly kept as a pet. According to The Spruce: Pets, pet hedgehogs are calm, active, entertaining and need lots of care. They make excellent pets. However, as they are nocturnal, they will need to be fed and cared for in the evening.

Leopard Geckos: These lizards sleep in safe, hidden places during the day and become active when night falls. Leopard geckos do not have the same light requirements as other reptiles that are kept as pets.

· Cats: Cats are most active between dusk and dawn, and are content to doze for much of the day. They seem eager to catch prey (real or imagined) around the house at night and vocalize when their owners try to close their eyes.

· Rabbits: These furry friends also like to frolic at night. They may scratch around their cages and make various noises. They also visit the litter box at night (if trained), groom themselves, and may be more receptive to petting from owners.

Many animals prefer to go out at night. Prospective pet owners should be aware of these trends so they know what to expect from these animals.

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