List of Nocturnal Animals

Indeed mother nature has intrigued us in various ways. Similar to the presence of camel in the desert who can survive with less water, there are some animals are born to be nocturnal and remain active in the darkness as well.

Becoming nocturnal means that they hunt for food at night and rest during the daytime. In result, many of us are not well informed with their existence as humans are in contrary with their habit. Well, if you are in search of knowledge about which animals are a truly nocturnal animal, we provide you lists some of them in the below:


1.       Bat


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I won’t tell you much about this guy. But if you place yourself in zero knowledge about it, well, should ask you a question “You’re not an alien who live on Mars, aren’t you?” Go watch Batman, and you should know what I’m trying to tell you.


2.       Aye-aye


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Nope, it’s not “Aye-aye, Captain!” -_-

It’s the real aye-aye, whose habitat is the island of Madagascar. Aye-ayes are now classified to be rare animals since its population is now growing fewer days by days. Aye-ayes are dark brown or black and are distinguished by a bushy tail that is larger than their body *guess you’re now looking at the picture in detail* :p

The fact is, aye-ayes are the world’s largest nocturnal primate you can find on earth.


3.       Mouse


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Mouse is a primarily nocturnal animal. There is nothing it can do with its poor eyesight instead of being active at night. Mouse compensates its poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing and smells to locate food and etc.


Yes. Those Hamsters you have as a pet and play in the daytime belong to the family of a mouse. Thus, please stop playing with them in the daylight because they are nocturnal and you are now forcing them to be diurnal. Poor you, Hamsters.


4.       Scorpions


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That’s why you haven’t find them walking around in the field during the daytime. Instead, they try to find shelter such as holes or undersides of rocks and emerging at night to hunt and feed. Yep, scorpions are nocturnal.


5.       Cockroaches


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You don’t have to tell me about them. Been their main enemies since a long time. *WAR!

Cockroaches don’t have good eyesight, but they apparently can differentiate between light and dark. During the day, cockroaches enjoy resting and consuming food they have stolen at night before. Yes, those cakes you are keeping opened on the table had been tasted and contaminated.


6.       Koalas


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Koalas are nocturnal. But I cannot say that all of them are nocturnal because some possess different habit or features. But mostly are nocturnal.

Koalas are one of the laziest marsupials you can find on earth. They are spending most of their lives asleep in trees, doze, tucked into forks or nooks in the trees during the daytime. Well, 18 hours are spent without doing anything. This sedentary lifestyle is being compensated with their ability to hunt in the darkness.


7.       Kangaroos


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Are kangaroos nocturnal? No way! I’m watching them search for food and play around during the day on TV. You’re kidding me!


Be patient, My Impatient Friend! I’m not going to tell you that all the kangaroos are nocturnal, in fact, some are actually diurnal. However, if you refer to native Australian where the real Kangaroos are coming from, species such as the Red Kangaroo and Tree Kangaroo are mainly nocturnal whereas the Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroo are mainly diurnal. Well, I can say that most of you will have them nocturnal reside there.


8.       Rabbit Rat

Rabbit Rat

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Well, it’s not kind of genetic engineering thing as you probably think why it has to have two names of animals on it. Rabbit rat is the real animal you can find on Australia, New Guinea and Melville Island.


It spends the daytime resting among the treetops and touching the ground at night to forage for food such as seeds, fruits, grass, and leaves.


9.       Raccoons


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If your favorite movie genre is robbery, then you should adore these animals. Yes, raccoons are famous as an expert thief. Their skill is supported by their ability to see through the darkness. They are omnivores just like humans, eat almost anything.


10.   Cat


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The cat is (actually) nocturnal. Wildcats hunt during the night and sleeps in the daytime, including the domestic cats that you have as a pet now. They are nocturnal but their behavior is simply modified so they sleep during the day when there’s no one (quiet) and grow active as your house fills with activity at the end of the word or school day.


Okay, those are ten nocturnal animals that you may not know before. There are many of them, but we are sorry that we can cope all of them. But we promise you to have others on the next article. Have a good day!

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