A burrow is a hole or tunnel dug into the ground by an animal to create a space suitable for habitation, temporary refuge, or as a byproduct of locomotion. Burrows provide a form of shelter against predation and exposure to the elements, so the burrowing way of life is quite popular among the animals. Burrows are also commonly preserved in the fossil record as a type of trace fossil.
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... The goby and shrimp share the same extensive burrow which the shrimp excavates in sandy or silty areas of the seabed ... During the day the goby rests on the burrow floor with its head by the opening or may emerge further ... If the fish swims into the burrow head first to escape more immediate danger, the shrimp darts in immediately ...
... tarantulas mature when they are 10 to 12 years of age, at which time they leave their burrows in search of females ... Upon finding the burrow of a mature female—she’s usually at least 10 years old—the male will announce himself by stroking the silk at the top of the burrow and ... The female lays her eggs in a burrow, sometimes staying with them ...
... A wide variety of animals construct or use burrows in many different types of substrate ... There are estimations that a single groundhog burrow occupies a full cubic metre, displacing 320 kilograms of dirt ... Burrows by birds are usually made in soft soils some penguins and other pelagic seabirds are noted for such burrows ...
... will stand up and show its fangs if harassed inside its burrow ... They spend most of the time in their burrows ... At night, they are waiting for food in front of their burrows ...
... of the cynodont Thrinaxodon (a mammal relative) in a cast of a burrow ... The individual most likely entered the burrow while the cynodont was in a state of aestivation (dormancy), and afterwards a flash flood filled the burrow with sediment to preserve both bodies together ...
Famous quotes containing the word burrow:
“O short, still days!
O burrow fires!”
—Philip Larkin (19221986)
“We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
His friends and merry men are we;
And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
We burrow in the cypress tree.
The turfy hammock is our bed,
Our home is in the red deers den,
Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
For we are wild and hunted men.”
—William Gilmore Simms (18061872)