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Desert Wildlife

Desert Mammals


Animals classified as mammals have mammary glands in the females that provide milk for the young, hair or fur, and warm-blooded bodies. The brain regulates the endothermic and circulatory systems. There are four broad categories of desert mammals: carnivores (meat eaters), large and small herbivores (plant eaters), and insectivores (insect eaters). All animals must exhibit certain behavioral traits to survive in such arid places. Most desert mammals are nocturnal, which means they are active at night. During this time, the temperature is lower, and the humidity is higher, which causes the animals to lose less water. Aside from being nocturnal, many adopt other water-saving habits. Mojave and related ecologies are home to many species of mammals. All these species have adapted to the harsh desert climate and evolved unique strategies to conserve water.

These are just a few of many species of mammals living in the Mojave and related ecologies.

American Badger

Bighorn Sheep

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Bobcat

Coyote

Desert Cottontail

Desert Kangaroo Rat

Kit Fox

Merriam's Kangaroo Rat

Mountain Lion

Mule Deer

Ringtail

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel

White-tailed Antelope Squirrel

Wild Horse

Wild Burro



Black-tailed jackrabbit


Mule deer


Mountain lion


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The Desert Food Chain *
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