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Desert Wildlife

Nocturnal Animals

Almost all desert animals are smart enough to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. They stay deep underground in burrows. There the sand is much cooler, and burrowing animals, like the antelope squirrel, the badger, the gopher, the coyote and the kit fox, sleep while you are playing on the dunes. At night, after the sun goes down and the sand cools off, the animals come out to hunt for food. When an animal is active at night and rests during the day, it is called nocturnal.

Coyote
Desert Cottontail
Mojave Rattlesnake
Bobcat
Antelope Squirrel
Barn Owl
Jackrabbit
Mountain Lion


* Cathemeral: Applied to an activity pattern in which an animal is neither pre-scriptively nocturnal, nor diurnal, nor crepuscular, but irregularly active at any time of night or day, according to prevailing circumstances.
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Cottontail rabbit starts at sunset looking for tasty leaves and vegetation.


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