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As darkness falls in parts of the world, many of us begin to think about changing into pajamas and crawling into bed. But for noctural animals the disappearance of the sun means their day is about to begin since they are most active at night. They hunt, eat, and wander under the comfort of darkness. Being nocturnal, they can reduce the risk of predation, hot day temperatures and competition from other animals.

Check out this selection of animals that work the night shift including the Aye-Aye, the world's only primate that uses echolocation and masses of Fireflies lighting up the night with their courtship signals.
Bornean Slow Loris (Nycticebus menagensis) at night, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518982 Bornean Slow Loris (Nycticebus menagensis) at night, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) flying with rodent prey, Texas
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00594594 Barn Owl (Tyto alba) flying with rodent prey, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) gathering on beach to lay eggs, seen under UV light, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Delaware
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00585687 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) gathering on beach to lay eggs, seen under UV light, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Delaware© Piotr Naskrecki
Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) one of the more bizarre mammals in the world, their peculiar features include huge ears, bushy tail, long shaggy coast, rodent-like teeth and a skeletal 'probe-l...  -  Pete Oxford
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00210173 Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) one of the more bizarre mammals in the world, their peculiar features include huge ears, bushy tail, long shaggy coast, rodent-like teeth and a skeletal 'probe-l...© Pete Oxford
Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) carrying fig, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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00559833 Lesser Short-nosed Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) carrying fig, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), rehabilitated individual, feeding on ants, Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program, Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00551492 Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica), rehabilitated individual, feeding on ants, Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program, Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam© Suzi Eszterhas
Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) raiding urban garbage, common pest species native to Europe, introduced worldwide  -  Michael Durham
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00640044 Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) raiding urban garbage, common pest species native to Europe, introduced worldwide© Michael Durham
Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) gold morph lying in wait on Heliconia (Heliconia imbricata) to strike at Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) rainforest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510928 Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) gold morph lying in wait on Heliconia (Heliconia imbricata) to strike at Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) rainforest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) drinking at night while in flight, Arizona
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00644818 Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) drinking at night while in flight, Arizona© Steve Gettle
Yellow-necked Field Mouse (Apodemus flavicollis) portrait, Europe  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771209 Yellow-necked Field Mouse (Apodemus flavicollis) portrait, Europe© Stephen Dalton
Black-headed Night Monkey (Aotus nigriceps) group at night, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru
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00554634 Black-headed Night Monkey (Aotus nigriceps) group at night, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru© Thomas Marent
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) walking through backyard at night, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00443003 Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) walking through backyard at night, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at night, Mamoni Valley, Panama
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00641708 Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at night, Mamoni Valley, Panama© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Moth flying at night, Huron Meadows Metropark, Michigan
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00644806 Moth flying at night, Huron Meadows Metropark, Michigan© Steve Gettle
Horsfield's Tarsier (Cephalopachus bancanus borneanus), Kuching, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00541836 Horsfield's Tarsier (Cephalopachus bancanus borneanus), Kuching, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Lesser Bush Baby (Galago senegalensis) at night, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
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00554839 Lesser Bush Baby (Galago senegalensis) at night, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya© Thomas Marent
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) at night, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru
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00599295 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) at night, Tambopata-Candamo Nature Reserve, Peru© Paul Bertner
Firefly (Lamprohiza splendidula) light tracks in forest, Bavaria, Germany
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00591095 Firefly (Lamprohiza splendidula) light tracks in forest, Bavaria, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Blunt-headed Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa) adult, hunting amongst branches at night, Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Amazonia, Peru  -  Emanuele Biggi/ FLPA
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80144636 Blunt-headed Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa) adult, hunting amongst branches at night, Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Amazonia, Peru© Emanuele Biggi / FLPA
Grant's Golden Mole (Eremitalpa granti) hunting at night, Namib Desert, Namibia  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510447 Grant's Golden Mole (Eremitalpa granti) hunting at night, Namib Desert, Namibia© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) gliding at night, Huron Meadows Metropark, Michigan
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00644438 Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) gliding at night, Huron Meadows Metropark, Michigan© Steve Gettle
Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) drinking at waterhole at night, Aptos, Monterey Bay, California  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00499789 Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) drinking at waterhole at night, Aptos, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Raccoon (Procyon lotor) getting into garbage at night, Portland, Oregon  -  Michael Durham
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00640006 Raccoon (Procyon lotor) getting into garbage at night, Portland, Oregon© Michael Durham
Ord's Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) jumping at night, Ochoco National Forest, Oregon  -  Michael Durham
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00640402 Ord's Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii) jumping at night, Ochoco National Forest, Oregon© Michael Durham
Kinkajou (Potos flavus) pollen-covered after feeding on Balsa (Ochroma pyramidale) flower nectar, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00477183 Kinkajou (Potos flavus) pollen-covered after feeding on Balsa (Ochroma pyramidale) flower nectar, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
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