North American night-active animals

Nighttime hunters, badgers snooze in their caves by day. They smell, see, and hear well and are good diggers. Prairie dogs, moles, and voles are food. They like grasslands and fields in the Great Plains.

American Badgers 

North America has only one opossum. West of the Rockies. Nighttime food identification involves smell, touch, and hearing. They eat bugs, birds, and dead animals. Daytime, they sleep in rodent burrows or hollow trees.

Virginia Opossum

Nighthawks hunt. Nighthawks hunt. Better than ours by 100. Ears "map" the 3-D area surrounding prey. Barn swallows nest in barns. Nesting in trees and caverns.

Barn Owls

Nighttime raccoons utilise intelligence and intuition to find food. Their whiskered fingertips allow them feel their surroundings. Hands are how animals'see'. Raccoons are distributed throughout the U.S.


Most cougars are nocturnal. Some are crepuscular, preferring dawn and dusk. Large eyes, whiskers, and sensitive paws help them see at night and find prey. They live in deserts, woodlands, canyons, and mountains.


In the U.S., only the nine-banded armadillo lives. Southern U.S., Central America, and northern Argentina are affected. Night-active animals use their keen sense of smell to find food. They eat insects and worms.

Nine-banded Armadillo

The hoary bat is America's most frequent forest-dweller. These bats hunt insects, moths, and other bats before nightfall. They slumber in their velvety tails while hanging upside down from trees. Noncolonial migratory bats.

 Hoary Bat

Their eyesight makes them midnight predators. Behind their light-sensitive eye cells is a layer that reflects light and doubles visual intensity. Mostly rodents, insects, birds, fruit, and dead animals.

Red Fox

Midnight fireflies are beetles that sparkle at night. Their bodies emit light through bioluminescence. 100% of the chemical reaction's energy becomes light. Males flare and light to attract females.


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