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Animals in the Desert Biome

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What animals live in the desert? How do animals survive in the desert? Learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians that have adapted to the harsh desert ecosystems. Below is a list of animals that live in the desert with links to additional information on each animal. Learn how they survive in the desert biome.

Desert Animal Survival: How animals adapt to the desert.
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ANIMALS

African Wild Dog
Arabian Wildcat
Armadillo
Ankole Longhorn Cattle
Badger

Bats Video available on this subject.
Bighorn SheepVideo available on this subject.
Bear (Black)
Bison (Plains Bison)
BobcatVideo available on this subject.
Buffalo (Plains Bison)
Bison - Beefalo
BurrosVideo available on this subject.

Cairo Spiny Mouse

Camels:
- Bactrian Camel (two humps)
- Dromedary Camels (one hump)
- Southwestern Camel Experiment
Cheetah
Chipmunk, Panamint
Coati, White-Nosed
Collared Peccary
Cottontail RabbitVideo available on this subject.

Cougar

CoyoteVideo available on this subject.

Coyote ebook

Dama Gazelle

Deer - MuleVideo available on this subject.

Deer - White-Tailed
Desert Shrew
Dingo
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs Q&A
Dolphin

 

Elephant
Elk

Ferret
Finback Whale
Fox (Gray)Video available on this subject.

Giraffe
GopherVideo available on this subject.

Ground Sloth, Shasta (extinct)

Gray Fox

Hippopotamus

Jaguars
Jackal
Javelina
Jerboa
Wild Horses

Kangaroo Rats
Kangaroo, Red

Lion
LLama

Long-Tailed Weasel

Mountain LionVideo available on this subject.
Mule DeerVideo available on this subject.

Otter - RiverVideo available on this subject.

Porcupine
Prairie DogsVideo available on this subject.

Pronghorn

Przewalski’s Horse

Rabbits -
CottontailsVideo available on this subject.
Jack RabbitsVideo available on this subject.

Raccoon

Red Kangaroo

Rhinoceros

Ringtailed Cat
River OtterVideo available on this subject.

Sea Lion - California
Shasta Ground Sloth (extinct)

Skunk
Snow Leopard

Spiny Mouse

Spotted Hyena
SquirrelVideo available on this subject.

Weasel, Long-Tailed

Whale - Finback
White Tail Deer
Wild Burros
Wild Horses
Wolves Video available on this subject.
California Wolf Center
Woodrats (Pack Rats)

Zebra

 

 

Dog bed


copper hawk

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BIRDS & FISH

Hawks
- Cooper's Hawk
- Ferruginous hawk
- Marsh Hawk
- Northern Harriers
- Sharp-shinned
- Northern Goshawks
- Red-Tailed Hawk

Owls
- Barn Owl Video available on this subject.
- Great Horned Owls
- Long-Eared Owls
- Screech Owl

Herons
-
Blue Heron
-Snowy Egret
-Great Egret

Pelicans
-
American White Pelican
-Brown Pelican

Storks
-
Yellow-billed Stork

Hummingbirds
Black-chinned hummingbirdVideo available on this subject.
Hummers

Flightless Birds
Ostrich

Misc
Black-Necked Stilt
Cactus Wrens
Cliff Swallow
Curve Billed Thrasher
Golden Eagles
Gambel’s Quail
Ground Hornbill / Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Lesser Snow Goose
Loon (The Common)
Mallard Ducks
Mourning Doves
Ospreys
Pheasants ring-necked
Ravens
Ravens and Crows
Roadrunners
Sandhill Cranes
Turkeys
Turkey VulturesVideo available on this subject.
Western Bluebird
Woodpeckers

Fish
PupfishVideo available on this subject.
Kanab Ambersnail


Bird cages


Rattlesnake

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REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

Lizards
Bearded Dragon (Inland)
ChuckwallasVideo available on this subject.
Collared Lizard
Gila Monster
Greater Earless Lizard
Horned Lizards
Iguana
Western Banded Gecko
Side-blotched Lizard

Toads & Frogs
Bullfrog
Red-spotted Toads Video available on this subject.
Treefrogs
Woodhouse's Toad

Rattlesnakes
- Rattlesnakes Overview
- The Red Diamond
- The Sidewinder
- Southern Pacific
- Western Diamondback

Rattlesnakes And
Venomous Reptiles

eBook [Kindle Edition]

Snakes
Ball Python (also called Royal Python)
Central Asian Pit Viper
Coachwhip Snake
Coral Snake
Copperhead
Desert Horned Viper
Gopher Snakes
King Cobra

Kingsnake Video available on this subject.
Rosy Boa
Royal Python (also called Ball Python)
Striped whipsnakes

Other Reptiles
Desert Dinosaurs
Desert Tortoise
Western Ornate Box TurtleWestern Ornate Box Turtle

 

Fish Tank


Praying Mantis

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INSECTS & SPIDERS

Ants
Fire Ants
Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA)
Harvester AntsVideo available on this subject.
Velvet Ants

Bees
Carpenter
HoneybeesVideo available on this subject.
Killer Bees

Beetles
Blister Beetle
Pinacate beetleVideo available on this subject. (Stinkbugs)

Butterflies
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Western Admiral
Viceroy Butterfly

Moths
Black Witch Moth

Sphinx Moth

Yucca Moth


Spiders
Black Widow SpidersVideo available on this subject.
Brown Recluse Spider
Brown Widow Spider

Garden Spider
TarantulasVideo available on this subject.
Wolf Spider

Flying Insects
Assassin Bug
CicadasVideo available on this subject.
Dragonflies
Mosquito
Praying Mantis
Tarantula Hawks Video available on this subject.

Wasps

Misc.

Aphid
Bed Bugs
Centipedes
Leech
Cochineal Scale on Cactus

Scorpions
StinkbugsVideo available on this subject.
TicksVideo available on this subject.
Termites
Walking Stick

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The Black Widow SpiderView Video about The Black Widow Spider. The female black widow spider is the most venomous spider in North America, but it seldom causes death to humans, because it only injects a very small amount of poison when it bites. Click here to view video.

The BobcatThe BobcatVideo available on this subject.
Despite its pussycat appearance when seen in repose, the bobcat is quite fierce and is equipped to kill animals as large as deer. However, food habit studies have shown bobcats subsist on a diet of rabbits, ground squirrels, mice, pocket gophers and wood rats. Join us as we watch this sleepy bobcat show his teeth.

Mountain LionThe Mountain Lion
The Mountain Lion, also known as the Cougar, Panther or Puma, is the most widely distributed cat in the Americas. It is unspotted -- tawny-colored above overlaid with buff below. It has a small head and small, rounded, black-tipped ears. Watch one in this video.


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