The term you are looking for might be crepuscular, which means mostly
active at dawn and dusk.
White tailed deer are crepuscular, as are bats, beavers, fox, and
snowshoe hares. Mink, skunks, and porcupine tend to be nocturnal. Joan
On Monday, September 20, 2004, at 01:56 PM, wendy hiller gee wrote:
> OK, i know some of you naturalists out there can
> answer this: isn't there a term for animals which
> change their activity from nocturnal to diurnal (or
> vice versa) in adapatation to some change in the
> environment? for instance, the deer in the urban-wild
> interface neighborhood where i live are not at all
> completely nocturnal - they'll come wandering down the
> street at any hour, ready to pick every single flower
> from the delphiniums i foolishly thought we could try.
> we had a skunk stroll across the driveway mid-day this
> weekend too, although i don't know for sure if they're
> usually mostly nocturnal. is there really a term for
> this or is it something i made up?!
> thanks (and just so you know, those motion-detector
> sprinklers really keep the deer at bay..!)
> Wendy Hiller Gee
> Medical Art Manager
> 1100 Grundy Lane
> San Bruno, CA 94066
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