Desert Critters

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Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Ecosystems

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Desert Critters

Camel

Gila Monster

Blind Skink

Desert Sidewinder

Sandfish

Desert Adaptations

Flora Adaptations

Dung Beetle

In the desert, nothing goes to waste. Even the poop. They are often found in shady areas when idle, but dung is often their sole priority. Males roll piles of dungto impress females; the bigger the dung is, the more fierce the competition gets.But really, only the larva eats the dung. Dung Beetles themselves don't eat very much,consuming little dung they find. Now that's poopy.

Short-snouted and keen, these literallyare sandfish themselves. They are elusive inthe sand, devouring any insect in their way. They spend most of their time in sand, protecting themselves from predators and heat-- two main factors of concern.And yes, they are actually reptiles.

These unique snakes are notable for their movementsacross sand. They create a semi-circle pattern as they manuver the perilous desert. As you may see, the imprintsdo not connect with other imprints. This ensures only twoends meet with the hot sand. When they desire for a quick snack, they cover themselves in the sand and pounce if any unfortunate prey stumbles upon to it.

Blink Skinks are amongst the many inhabitants of the desertthat seek refuge in the depths of the sand. Since they burrow to eatworms and creepy crawlers, who needs legs and eyes? Deep in the sand,they don't have to worry about the heat of the sun and the frigid night.

Of course, camels are remarked in the list. They are a prime example of an adaptation marvel. Along with various organisms in the desert, they use minimal water and food. They can also endure prolong droughts and periods of pestilence. Versatile and plain awesome, no wonder people keep these living adaptations as horses of the desert. Did I mention camels are awesome?

When you first see a desert, you see the supposively withered shrubs and and 'dead' remains and past bushes. But really, all you see are just typical adaptations to the desert. Conservation is a key factor to plants, so they 'hibernate' in a withered state until the rainy season comes. Most plants perform photosynthesis in their steams. Desert plants utilize hairs for shading, waxy coating to reduce water loss, spines to deter, and grow extensive roots to reach ground water.

The Gila Monster is only one of two venomous lizards in the world. But what they truly specialize are their tails. They tails store fat and other essential nutrients to conserve incase an occurence happens in the desert, like the lack of insects or a massive drought.


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