When most people think of a coyote they probably imagine a lean and rangy animal skittering around the desert plains. However, these days it is possible to find coyotes in many different habitats. They can be found in prairies, deserts, mountains, forests and even in urban areas. Coyotes are adaptable animals, able to adjust their environment and survive in almost any situation. They are also clever and are capable of finding shelter wherever they may be.
Coyotes tend to look for areas that are up above the ground when they are sleeping during the day. This is because they want to prevent other predators from entering their territory. It is also easier for them to see what is going on in their surroundings. If they are not able to find such an area they will often choose to sleep in a den. They usually select an old raccoon, badger or skunk burrow but they can also build their own.
One of the main reasons why it can be a bit disturbing to see a coyote during the day is because there is a misconception that they are nocturnal. However, coyotes are mainly diurnal and they are active during the daytime hours in order to hunt and find food. If they are lying down during the day and an easy meal presents itself such as a half-eaten sandwich or an injured animal, they will certainly get up to take advantage of it.