Animals living in the Rural Gardens habitat

Rural gardens are beautiful country gardens that warm the heart, lift the soul, and calm the spirit. In addition to their plant life aesthetics, rural gardens provide sanctuary for a number of animals. The habitat is home to a variety of mice and rats, moles and shrews, as well as squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, opossum, raccoons, birds, and bats. Snakes, slugs, and skunks are frequent visitors to these gardens, as are deer, foxes, and groundhogs.

Because of the increasing move of residential development from the cities to the countryside, people are likely to encounter some of these animals in their rural gardens and yards. Most agriculture and natural resource professionals recommend control measures only when certain animal populations reach pest level.

Many animals, such as bats and birds, are beneficial for rural gardens, as they help control the insect population. Chipmunks and other burrowing animals help move seeds around for plant regeneration. Foxes help control the rodent population, and shrews control the garden snails and slugs.

Fences, bait, and traps can be set up for animals that are harmful to gardens, such as deer and raccoons. But all wildlife is natural, and animals are a beneficial part of the environment in which they live. Most people can learn to appreciate these animals, even if they do not like them.


Kuhl's pipistrelle
Desert yellow bat

Bandicoots and bilbies

Eastern barred bandicoot


African elephant


Pygmy mouse
Algerian mouse
Issel's groove-toothed swamp rat
Bell groove-toothed swamp rat
Four-striped grass mouse
Pouched mouse
Mianzini mole rat
Ruanda mole rat
Gracile tateril
Petter's gerbil
Namaqua rock rat
Senegal gerbil
Long-tailed field mouse
African grass rat
Hildegarde's broad-headed mouse
Shaw's jird
Gambian rat
African mole rat
Cape mole rat
Pleasant gerbil
Pygmy gerbil
Baluchistan gerbil
Nigerian gerbil
Cape porcupine
Typical lemniscomys
Southern multimammate mouse
Guinea multimammate mouse
Natal multimammate mouse
Libyan jird
Hausa mouse


Large hairy armadillo

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