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Desert Wildlife

Desert Mammals

The mammals are the class of vertebrate animals primarily characterized by the presence of mammary glands in the female which produce milk for the nourishment of young; the presence of hair or fur; and which have endothermic or "warm blooded" bodies. The brain regulates endothermic and circulatory systems.

Desert mammals can be divided into four broad categories: the carnivores (meat eaters), small and large herbivores (plant eaters), and insectivores (insect eaters). All must conform to specific behavioral traits to survive in such arid lands. Most desert mammals are nocturnal, which means active during the night. Temperatures are lower and humidity is higher then and the animal loses less water through perspiration and breathing. Besides being nocturnal, many adopt other water-saving habits as well.

American Badger
Big Free-tailed Bat
Bighorn Sheep
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Borra's Pocket Gopher
Brazilian Free-tailed Bat
Brush Mouse
Cactus Mouse
California Leaf-nosed Bat
California Myotis
Deer Mouse
Desert Cottontail
Desert Kangaroo Rat
Desert Pocket Mouse
Desert Shrew
Desert Woodrat
Gray Fox
House Mouse
Kit Fox
Little Pocket Mouse
Long-tailed Pocket Mouse
Merriam's Kangaroo Rat
Mountain Lion
Mule Deer
Pallid Bat
Panamint Kangaroo Rat
Rock Squirrel
Round-tailed Ground Squirrel
Southern Grasshopper Mouse
Spotted Bat
Striped Skunk
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
Western Harvest Mouse
Western Pipistrelle
White-tailed Antelope Squirrel
Yuma Myotis

Wild Horse
Wild Burro


Deserts, Audubon Society Nature Guides, James A. MacMahon, 1985 - Alfred A. Knopf publisher
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Mule deer

Mountain lion

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