Animals And Their Homes

Animals and their homes

The shelter is the essential requirement of anyone, especially for security purposes, whether it’s about human or an animal. Each animal takes shelter in a particular place. Wild animals make their arrangements for home, whereas for domestic animals we make the arrangements. Some animal homes are quite easy to make, whereas some others camouflaged to get protection against predators. The structure of the living place of animals depends on factors such as the type of a particular animal, the environment around it, what it needs to survive, etc.

Each animal feels comfortable living in their place. It is quite amazing to see that animals also enjoy living in their home. They prefer to take rest in their home sometimes after a meal or sometimes to make a quick nap. In this article, you will get to known the various living place of animals. Knowing about animals and their shelters is an excellent opportunity to understand little more about them.

Places Where Animals Live

It is a home that protects animals from predators, harsh weather conditions, and other kinds of threats. Some animals prefer to live alone, whereas some others live in groups. If we talk about animals and their shelters, it comes in different sizes and shapes. There are different types of animal homes. Here is some typical animal home list that represents their lifestyle.

Barn for domestic animals like pets or farm animals are an essential part of human life. Some people love to keep animals due to affection, enjoyment, and fun purposes as their pets like dogs or cats. These animals generally live with us in our home.

Other than pet animals, many people keep farm animals (such as cows, sheep, pigs, horses, goats, donkeys, buffalo, etc.) to arrange livelihood to fulfill their needs. Well, these are big animals and can be quite messy too. Hence we cannot keep them in our house with us like pet animals. Therefore, we arrange barns for farm animals to live in. However, we take care of the hygiene and maintenance of the farm animals and their shelters.

animals and their homes
  • Caves, the best-known shelter for wild cats

Caves are the favorite places to live for many wild animals like tigers, wolves, lions, bears, bats, etc. These animals take rest in their caves to regain energy.

Caves that make a perfect home are restricted to land animals, but many aquatic animals also prefer to live in caves. For example, – eel is an ideal example of a marine animal that lives in caves underwater.

  • Bee Hives, the complex structure

Hives are one of the complicated structures made by bees, wasps, and yellow jackets. These insects make wax inside their body. They use this wax to build hives as their shelter. A massive number of bees, wasps, and yellow jackets live together in these beehives.

  • Burrows, the underground home

The underground home is a new shelter in the animal home list. Some animals like rabbits, foxes, prairie dogs, ants, etc. prefer to live underground. They dig into the ground to make burrows.

Some underground homes are quite simple, with just one hole into the ground having a single entry and exit point. Whereas, some other underground homes are quite complex structures having multiple rooms, entrances, and exits.

  • ‘Web’ the trap

You must have seen webs in your home. The internet is the home of the spider. The spider spins a network for one more reason ‘to catch insects.’ A spider web acts as a dual system- one as a shelter and another to fulfill its food requirement.

  • Nests for birds

Nests are one of the beautiful shelters in the animal home list. Birds make their nests and lay eggs in it. Birds generally build nests on trees having natural surroundings. Sometimes birds build their nest in the nooks and corners of the building due to lack of trees caused through environmental exploitation at an alarming rate.

  • Hollow Logs

Some animals prefer to live inside wood such as mink, otters, weasels, bobcats, skunks, etc. These animals build their home inside hollow logs lying on the ground.

  • Tree hollows

Have you see an empty hole in the tree trunk. This is also a living place of some animals like squirrels, porcupine, owls, raccoons, etc.

  • Shell, a portable home

Shell is a unique living place of animals such as crabs, snails, turtles, etc. These are soft body animals, and they carry their homes with them known as the shell. Shell is the hard outer cover of these animals that protects them from outside dangers.

  • Oceans and seas also provide shelter.

Ocean and sea provide shelter to millions of animals. A marine culture is a living place of animals that lives underwater. Some animals live on the deep seafloor, such as sea cucumber, sea stars, crustaceans, worms, etc. Whereas some other animals belong to the surface layer of the ocean, such as whales, dolphins, walruses, seals, sea otters, manatees, etc.    

Some marine animals also take shelter in coral reefs. The complex structure of coral reefs is an ideal living place for animal lives in oceans such as sponges, nudibranchs, clownfish, parrotfish, groupers, blacktip reef shark, snapper, scorpionfish, jellyfish, sea stars, etc.

A small list of animals and their shelters

The animals mentioned above and their shelters give you an overview of different types of animal homes. You can go through this list to know a little more about the specific home of some particular animals. For example-

CheetahOpen forest land or Safari
DeerOpen grassland
ElephantOpen land in the jungle
HippopotamusRiver Bank
KangarooHollow Tree
PandaBamboo Tree
Polar BearBurrow or Hollow Trunk
PossumTree/ Forest
TermiteTermitarium/ Mound
YakHill/ Mountain/ Barn

There are millions of animals living in different locations across the world. These animals vary in terms of characteristics, food habits, and even in terms of their shelters. Animals and their shades differ from one den to treetops. No matter where these animals live, but they are satisfied and happy to be there.


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