Mole peering out of its burrow

Burrower

Burrowing, or fossorial, animals live underground and for a variety of reasons. For some it is so they can feed on soil flora and fauna, for others it's to avoid predators or to hide away from the extremes of climate above ground. So, a British mole avoids the worst of the winter cold in its tunnels, whilst a naked mole rat in Africa gets protection from the heat. Both have some protection from roaming predators.

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BBC News about Burrower

  • Mouse burrowing 'in their genes' The burrowing behaviour of mice is driven by just a few genetic regions and not through learning, researchers say - with implications for our own behaviour.

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