Desert Animals

Animals in the Desert Biome

Coyote

Desert animals include coyotes and bobcats, spiders such as the black widow, scorpions, rattlesnakes, lizards and many kinds of birds, all especially adapted to the desert biome.

Below is a list of animals that live in the desert with links to additional information on each animal.

Desert Animal Survival: How animals adapt to the desert.
Classification: How desert plants and animals are classified.

Animals | Birds & Fish | Reptiles & Amphibians | Insects & Spiders

ANIMALS

African Wild Dog
Arabian Wildcat
Armadillo
Ankole Longhorn Cattle
Badger

Bats
Bighorn Sheep
Bear (Black)
Bison (Plains Bison)
Bobcat
Buffalo (Plains Bison)
Bison - Beefalo
Burros
Cairo Spiny Mouse

Camels:
- Bactrian Camel (two humps)
- Dromedary Camels (one hump)
- Southwestern Camel Experiment
Cheetah
Chipmunk, Panamint
Coati, White-Nosed
Collared Peccary
Cottontail Rabbit
Cougar

Coyote Coyote ebook

Dama Gazelle

Deer - Mule

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

Elephant
Elk

Ferret
Finback Whale
Fox (Gray)

Fox (Kit)

Giraffe
Gopher

Ground Sloth, Shasta (extinct)

Gray Fox

Hippopotamus

Jaguars
Jackal
Javelina
Jerboa
Wild Horses

Kangaroo Rats
Kangaroo, Red

Kit Fox

Lion
LLama

Long-Tailed Weasel

Mountain Lion
Mule Deer

Otter - River

Porcupine
Prairie Dogs

Pronghorn

Przewalski's Horse

Rabbits -
Cottontails
Jack Rabbits

Raccoon

Red Kangaroo

Rhinoceros

Ringtailed Cat
River Otter

Sea Lion - California
Shasta Ground Sloth (extinct)

Skunk
Snow Leopard

Spiny Mouse

Spotted Hyena
Squirrel

Weasel, Long-Tailed

Whale - Finback
White Tail Deer
Wild Burros
Wild Horses
Wolves
California Wolf Center
Woodrats (Pack Rats)

Zebra

 

 

 

Great Horned Owl

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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
- Burrowing Owls Rescue
- 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 hummingbird
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 Vultures
Western Bluebird
Woodpeckers

Fish
Pupfish
Kanab Ambersnail

Crustaceans

Fairy Shrimp


Rattlesnake

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REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

Lizards
Bearded Dragon (Inland)
Chuckwallas
Collared Lizard
Gila Monster
Greater Earless Lizard
Horned Lizards
Iguana
Western Banded Gecko
Side-blotched Lizard

Toads & Frogs
Bullfrog
Red-spotted Toads
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
Rosy Boa
Royal Python (also called Ball Python)
Striped whipsnakes

Other Reptiles
Desert Dinosaurs
Desert Tortoise
Western Ornate Box Turtle

 

 


Praying Mantis

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INSECTS & SPIDERS

Ants
Fire Ants
Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA)
Harvester Ants
Velvet Ants
Ant Keepers "Pet" Ants

Bees
Carpenter
Honeybees
Killer Bees

Beetles
Blister Beetle
Pinacate beetle (Stinkbugs)

Butterflies
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Western Admiral
Viceroy Butterfly

Moths
Black Witch Moth

Sphinx Moth

Yucca Moth


Spiders
Black Widow Spiders
Brown Recluse Spider
Brown Widow Spider

Garden Spider

Solpugids, Camel Spiders - Wind Scorpions

Tarantulas
Wolf Spider

Flying Insects
Assassin Bug
Cicadas
Dragonflies
Mosquito
Praying Mantis
Tarantula Hawks
Wasps

Misc.

Aphid
Bed Bugs
Centipedes
Leech
Cochineal Scale on Cactus
Fairy Shrimp

Scorpions
Stinkbugs
Ticks
Termites
Walking Stick

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Animal Photography

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Pet Information

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Protecting your pet in the desert.

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Rescue Organizations

Desert Tortoise Rescue

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Road Trip to Photograph and View Wolves in Julian, CA

Vampire Wolf Bit My Arm - A Visit to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

Books & Stuff

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Children's Toys

 

 


General Information

Animal Classification:
Putting the Plants and Animals in Their Places.

Desert Animal Survival

Desert Food Chain

Desert Food Chain: An Introduction

Spring Rattles In: Rattlesnake Season

Insect Diversity

Discover the World of Insects

Debunking Myths About Rattlesnakes, Scorpions and Tartantulas.

Common Reptiles of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Hibernation: The Deep Sleep

Migration

Cetaceans: Marine Mammals in the Sea of Cortez

Hantavirus: Virus Carried by Deer Mice

Looking for Birds in the Southwest? Follow the Water

 

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