25 Wild Animals – Teaching Expertise

The desert can be a hot, dry place. Your mind can automatically walk on a sand dune by going to a snake or a camel in the sun. But there are many animals that thrive in hot desert climates.

Whether you’re studying the Sonoran Desert in North America or the hot deserts of North Africa, learning about desert animals is sure to captivate your students. Read on for a list of animals that thrive in different types of deserts.

1. African Lion

The African Lion is perhaps one of the most recognizable in the animal world. As the leader of the pride, male lions ensure the safety of the female and the cubs. These beautiful carnivores live in grasslands and places like the Kalahari desert.

More information: San Diego Zoo

2. Mojave Rattlesnake

Like most snakes, the Mojave Rattlesnake prefers to roam cold deserts at night. They can be found around Joshua trees or in areas without a lot of desert vegetation. In the winter, the three-legged corpse was taken underground to be stripped.

Learn more: National Park Service

3. Tarantula Spiders

These very scary spiders live in the southwestern United States, as well as in Mexico. Most people are intimidated by their hairy legs and large size, but they actively avoid people. It turns out that their venomous bite won’t kill you. Isn’t the animal world wild?

Learn more: Identifying Insects

4. Brush the lizard

These lizards find creosote bushes to sit on. This allows them to become one with the branch for protection and shelter. They enjoy as much sand as they can find to eat spiders and other insects. You can find these lizards when visiting the deserts of the American West.

Learn more: Bird and Hike

5. Alligator Lizard

Would you believe these lizards can live up to fifteen years! It is longer than most dogs. These cool looking lizards don’t live in Florida as you might think. Their 30-centimeter bodies drift in the west and inhabit a myriad of habitats, including the desert.

Learn more: Animalia

6. Antelope squirrel

These omnivores are also called antelope squirrels. They have round ears and are quite small at about eight inches long. Their lower parts are white and their upper parts are brown. They like to dig holes and are similar to crows in that they will eat decaying animal remains.

Learn more: Pets in Ana

7. Kangaroo rat

Sometimes called kangaroo mice, these rats hop around on their hind legs like a kangaroo. Fun fact: they can jump up to nine feet in the air and don’t need to consume water. Their main source of water comes from their food.

Learn more: Nevada Department of Wildlife

8. Jackrabbit antelope

Did you know that these cute rabbits usually only live for one year? This is because many other animals eat them to survive. The antelope jackrabbit, desert cottontail, and black-tailed jackrabbit look very similar and are part of the Leporidae family.

More information: Desert Museum

9. Dromedary Camel

Camels are everyone’s favorite desert species. The iconic Dromedary Camel is not to be confused with the two-humped Bactrian Camel. Note that the tall Dromedary Camel in this photo has only one hump for a less comfortable ride.

Find out more: National History Museum

10. Desert hedgehog

These nocturnal hedgehogs live in many deserts of the Middle East and Africa. They are super small, weighing less than a pound! Their salt and pepper spikes help them blend into the desert biome while they sleep during the day.

Learn more: Fact Zoo

11. Mojave desert tortoise

Here are some fun Mojave Desert Tortoise facts for you. These western herbivores are often confused with the Sonoran desert tortoise, but they are quite different. As humans continue to build and exploit the land, many of these turtles have sadly perished due to extensive habitat loss.

Learn more: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

12. Red-tailed hawks

Red-tailed hawks nest in late winter or early spring, as young chicks do not do well in extreme temperatures. Cooler months help with successful reproduction in northern Utah, where desert conditions can be harsh.

Learn more: Photography on the Wing

13. Elf Owl

These night visionaries are the smallest owls with wingspans of only eleven inches. Because they are so small, they are also very light, making them silent when flying. This allows them to quietly catch their prey while flying over the Kuneer desert.

Learn more: Guardians of Ga’Hoole

14. Arabian Oryx

There was a time when the Arabian Oryx did not exist in the wild. Efforts have been made to breed them and then return them to their original homes. Fortunately, this worked well and they went from a wild “off” state to a “sensitive” state.

Learn more: Fauna and Flora International

15. Lappet-Faced Vulture

This particular crow is the largest in Africa. They do not have a strong sense of smell and therefore rely on their eyesight and communication with other scavengers to know where the nearest carcass is. Living on the remains of other animals, these crows live for about forty years.

Learn more: South African Places

16. Arabian wolves

These wolves have very large ears that allow them to dissipate body heat. In winter, their fur changes to keep them warm in the Arabian Peninsula. One unique fact to note about these monsters is that their middle fingers are connected!

Learn more: Wolf Scout

17. Spiny Lizards

Lizards like to bask on rocks or warm sand. Arizona and Nevada have many species of spiny lizards. One is called the Common Sagebrush Lizard and the other is the Southwestern Fence Lizard. Both are several inches long and quite colorful.

Find out more: Bird Watching HQ

18. Sand Cats

Don’t be fooled by this adorable sand cat look. Sand cats hunt snakes! Native to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, these cats like to roam at night to find small animals and snakes to eat. They can go weeks without drinking a sip of water.

Learn more: One Earth

19. A frog holding water

It is difficult to know how many of these frogs live in Wales and Australia because they spend their years underground. As you might guess from their name, they store large amounts of water in their bladders. They keep the water inside until it rains.

Learn more: Garden Friends

20. Sidewinder Rattlesnake

These black, three-foot-long snakes will not live above an elevation of 6,000 feet. They can give birth to nine children at once and leave their mark on the sand dunes. You’ll know if a side-pronged snake is nearby because the shape of a long reed is carved into the sand.

Learn more: National Park Service

21. Arabian sand gazelle

Although they look very similar to deer, the Arabian Sand Gazelle / ReemGopherus is very different. The gazelles pictured here live in the Arabian Peninsula and love to find small patches of green grass to eat.

More information: Environment Agency

22. Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Is it a bee or a spider? It’s hard to know the name, but these insects look more like colorful bees and prey on spiders. The man in this picture is a man. You can tell by their antennae. If it were a female, the antennae would be curly.

Learn more: Spruce

23. Gila Monster

At nearly two feet long, these lizards are the largest lizards in the United States. They live mainly in Arizona and can use their teeth to inject poison into their prey. Despite their diverse diet, they prefer to eat eggs and small birds for dinner.

Learn more: Smithsonian National Zoo

24. Bell sparrow Black-jawed sparrow

There are four subspecies of this bird that live in California, Arizona and Mexico. They especially like to breed in the Central Valley. Although the black-chinned sparrow does not fly very far, it migrates throughout the year to find larval insects for food.

More information: PRBO

25. Snow leopard

These beautiful animals live in the Gobi desert of Mongolia. It is very difficult to see them because they blend into the rocks that he lays flat. But don’t worry if you don’t see them until it’s too late because these leopards are not known to be aggressive.

Learn more: Mongolian roads

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