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Deserts are not deserted by wildlife. They are places of little rain and much sun, and are home to a surprising variety of plants and animals. In order to survive the extremes of the desert climate, life forms have developed unique adaptations for conserving water and avoiding the intense heat.


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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Great Southwest

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Crotalus atrox

Biome: Great Southwest

Classification: Reptiles

Biography: This is the largest of the western rattlesnakes. Due to its distinctive black and white tail bands, it is often nicknamed the "coontail rattler". This venomous pit viper frequents a variety of habitats in the arid regions of the southwest, from the plains into the... More >


Whitethroated Woodrat Great Southwest

Whitethroated Woodrat

Neotoma albigula

Biome: Great Southwest

Classification: Mammals

Biography: Also called a pack rat, a wood rat collects sticks, twigs, cactus parts, animal dung, and other debris. These items are used to build a large nest among cacti, shrubs or rocks. The nest is continually enlarged with newly found treasures, and can measure three feet high by... More >


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