Blue- DPA

  • Animal Adaptations:  
     Many animals have found ways to survive in the dry, hot desert. Snakes, scorpions, and camels all live in the desert. Rattlesnakes are camouflaged with brown coloring and ridges on their skin. This helps them protect themselves from predators by blending in with the dirt, stones, and sand.  Water is very scarce or hard to find in the desert. Some animals find water by eating seeds, desert flowers, and plants. Others like the desert tortoises can last a year without a drink.  
    Many animals find shade under rocks to hide from the hot sun.  Some animals, like the kangaroo rat, have adapted by building underground burrows where they stay and sleep during the day.   Coyotes, foxes, kangaroo rats, and other animals all come out at night when it is cooler. 

    kangaroo rat 
         kangaroo rat (photograph from desertusa.com) 

    Plants Have to Battle for Survival  

    Plants use their leaves to get sunlight.  In the desert, there is too much sun, which can be harmful or hurt plants! Some of the plants adapt by having long, thin leaves.  Desert plants have adapted in ways to collect and store water. Some plants' leaves have waxy coatings that seal water inside. A creosote bush poisons the soil around them, so they do not have to share water, which is a scarce a resource!   


      Creosote Bush
     creosote bush (photos from scholastic.com and desertusa.com)