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Activity 7

Underground hideouts

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Certain animals use temporary or permanent underground lairs to rest, hide, give birth to their young or hibernate throughout the colder seasons. Mammals, like the fox or the badger, and insects, bury themselves in the ground.

Badger and Fox
Badger can have setts (burrows) that cover an area of nearly a hectare. Some of the oldest of these have been lived in for several hundred years.

Field Mice
Field mice spend a great deal of their time underground and dig numerous tunnels.

Ants’ Nest
The underground part is home to a complex network of galleries and chambers that can host several million ants.

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