Animals from the Desert Road Runner: The roadrunner is a large, slender, black-brown and white streaked ground bird with a distinctive head crest.
Animals from the Desert Texas Horned The popular names come from the lizard's rounded body and blunt snout, which give it a decidedly toad- or frog-like appearance.
Animals from the desert Lizard Many lizards can detach their tails to escape from predators, an act called autotomy, but this ability is not shared by all lizards
Animals from the Desert Caracal Young caracals bear reddish spots on the underside; adults do not have markings except for black spots above the eyes and small white patches around the eyes and nose. Underparts of chin and body are white, and a narrow black line runs from the corner of the eye to the nose
Animals in the desert Black Widow Notorious for their bloodthirsty courtship, black widow spiders are identified by the colored markings on their black bodies.
Plants in the Desert Barrel Cactus The Barrel cactus can be easily distinguished from other cacti because of it cylinder-shaped body.
Plants In the desert Brittle bush It is a small deciduous shrub which grows as a low, roundish mound 2 to 5 feet high.
Plants in the desert Chainfruitcholla The chain fruit cholla looks as much like a tree in the desert as a cactus possibly can. It has a central trunk from which sprout many spiny "branches".
Plants in the desert Creosote bush The bush's leaves were made into antiseptics and emetics by desert Native American desert tribes.
Plants in the desert Crimson hedgehog cactus There are many different kinds of hedgehog cacti.
Facts about the Desert Biome Keystone Species The Kangaroo Rat is the keystone species in the desert. It is very adaptable to the extreme temperatures. Climate & Characteristics Low precipitation; variable temperatures; soils rich in minerals but poor in organic material.
Attractions Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park in Phoenix, Desert Botanical Garden showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits in the Sonoran Desert. Walk garden trails to see 139 rare, endangered and threatened desert plants from around the world. Follow the brick path on the Desert Discovery Trail to see colorful plant displays, exhibits and the garden’s oldest desert plants
Deserts Locations Geographic distribution: Africa Asia the middle east United States Mexico ,south America and Australia.
Humans and the Desert Exploitation There are many ways human activities can impact the desert biome, at least where there is an existing ecosystem. Development by mining or residential use is one way, as would be diverting the limited water supplies for agricultural use elsewhere. Humans can damage the desert ecosystem if they use the areas for recreation in an unwise fashion Conservation By conserving water; if you conserve water where you live, there will be more water for the dry deserts Volunteer in a desert by pulling out nonnative desert plants