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Dig Down Deep: Animals That Burrow in the Soil



Dig Down Deep: Animals That Burrow in the Soil

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     challenging words:    badger, species, rainwater, absorb, easily, moles, backyard, certain, dirt, allow, above, like, flood, able, news, leave


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Dig Down Deep: Animals That Burrow in the Soil
By Erin Horner
  

1     I like to dig in the dirt, and I'm not alone. Many animals like to dig in the dirt, too. Prairie dogs, badgers, and ground squirrels are some of the best burrowers. They dig holes in the soil on rangelands. Gophers and moles are well known for their burrowing abilities as well.
 
2     Burrows are beneficial for animals. Animals use them for shelter. These holes are beneficial for the soil, too. Burrows allow rainwater to enter the soil more easily. This is good news for thirsty plants! Burrowing also helps to prevent flooding. When an animal digs a hole, it mixes up the soil. Well mixed soil is able to absorb more water. When more water is absorbed into the ground, less water is left above ground to flood other places.

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