Animals of the Mojave Desert

Coyote
http://wow.desertusa.com:80/june96/du_cycot.html

Coyotes live in a hole or a den. Their den protects them from the heat and the wind. Coyotes eat almost anything. They hunt during the day or at night.

 

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
http://wow.wf.net/~snake/rattlesn.htm

The color of a rattlesnake blends with its background. It can "feel the heat" of its prey, so it can hunt in the day or the night.

 

Bats
http://www.desertusa.com/jan97/du_ bats.html

Some bats sleep or hibernate in the winter when there is no food. They make a high-pitched sound, called sonar, that helps them to fly at night.

Red Tailed Hawk
http://wow.desertusa.com/aug96/du_hawk.html

A hawk is a bird of prey. It kills small animals for food. It has long sharp claws to kill its prey.

The Desert Tortoise
http://www.nps.gov/moja/planning/tort.htm

The desert tortoise eats cactus, grasses, and wildflowers from March until June. They store fat and water in their bodies and dig holes to live in during the hot summers. They come out again in the

autumn when the weather is cooler.

 

 

 

 


To learn more about these and other desert animals, you can visit the following websites:

Desert Animal Archive http://www.desertusa.com/animal.html Contains pictures and information about many desert animals.

Adaptations of Desert Animals http://www.desertusa.com/survive.html This website is about how desert animals live in the hot and dry desert weather.


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