They have good eyesight and hearing, as they hunt at night to avoid the hot sun. During the day they stay in protected areas such as trees. These owl have fringed feathers so when they fly they make no sound, this makes it easy to sneak up on prey. They can almost turn their head all the way around, 270 degrees! They have sharp beaks and claws to grip on to prey and tear is open. Their ears are located both sides of their head but the right ear is higher than the left. Sometimes the owl will have to tilt its head to get an even sound. It has three eye lids to help it fly without getting anything in them.
Desert Mule deer
The desert Mule Deer is well adapted to the desert. There is not much food in the desert, so the mule deer has also adapted to eat a wide range of food. It has large paws to dig for water. They have excellent hearing, to hear predators, and can run extremely fast to get away from them. They also have 310 view of themselves, and they have better night vision than in day vision. They can also move their ears, to hear behind them. Mule deers have excellent sense of smell and can detect water two feet underground!
The scaled quail doesn't require much water but gets its water from succulents. When a predator is near, the scaled quail will choose to run away as they don't like flying long distances. They usually huddle together in small groups hiding in grass. Like the kangaroo rat they eat seeds. They have nests in the ground to hide it from predators.
The Red Spotted Toad
Red Spotted toads spend most of the day under rocks to avoid the hot sun, and come out at dusk to hunt and drink. They are excellent climbers. They have deadly poison behind each eye and neck to protect it self from predators. red spotted toads work together to hunt, and when one has found water it will let out a high pitched scream to inform other toads. It will also let out a scream when a male is ready to mate. It has a flat body too squeeze into small rock wedges.
Lizards have adapted to the desert extremely well. To avoid the hot summer sun they burry themselves underground. Some lizards have special skin that collects dew and eventually, it drips into their mouth. By baking in the sun, lizards absorb heat so in the cooler nights, they can stay warm. Some lizards change colour depending on the temperature. To cool down, lizards will pant.
the kangaroo rat
The kangaroo rat is adapted to living in the desert. They can survive without drinking any water. They get the moisture from the seeds they eat. They have brilliant hearing and can hear an owl approaching. Their strong back legs allow them to jump up to 9 feet high to escape predators. They stay in burrows to keep cool and eat at night.
The Bighorn Sheep
The Bighorn sheep are suited to live near mountains. They have excellent eyesight to see predators and to jump from rock to rock. The bighorn sheep have a solid muscular body and short legs. The bighorn's horns are flatter and spread out more from their heads. Their muzzle is narrow and pointed and their ears are short. Their coat is smooth and made up of an outer coat of stiff hairs and a short undercoat. In the summer it is rich brown color with a white patches. By late winter, the colour will fade.
The coyote gets its water from the food they eat such as succulent plants. They have thick fur to keep moisture in their bodies for as long as they can. Because they are not many animals around to eat, they can also eat plants. They have are good at camouflaging and have fast legs to chase after pray. They usually hunt in small packs.
The Roadrunner has extremely fast legs to catch birds or incests in the air or run from predators. They can run up to fifteen miles per hour. It has a thick layer of feathers to keep warm at night. Roadrunners have a special part in their bodies to get rid of salt. It is called the gland. They can also fly. It reduces it activity level to conserve energy in hot weather and they get their water from the food they eat.
The mountain lion has a thick layer fur. Its colour helps it keep camouflaged and has really good reflexes. It can climb up trees to hunt and is a great at hiding in to long grass ready to pounce. It has sharp teeth and claws to tear apart meat. The mountain lion can jump off mountains that are eighteen feet. Their long tail helps keep balance when climbing and its big paws help it jump great heights.
The apache plume doesn't need much water and is best grown in the desert's sandy soil. It loves the sun but will tolerate shady areas. It has spread out roots so it can soak up water.
The desert sumac has zap that can cause rashes on skin, and are grown best in sandy soil. Their berries are a good supply of water to animals who eat them. These berries are used for oil, and many people make candles with the oil.
Yuccas have thick waxy skin to stop water evaporating. It has leaves are shaped as spikes to help direct rain into the centre of the plant. Its leaves can also cut skin! Its fleshy leaves store extra food and Its roots also store extra food and water. If there is not enough rain it will drop its leaves and stop growing until better conditions.
The barrel cactus can store water inside its barrel. To fit in as much water as possible the barrel can expand, this is because of its flexible skin. Its spikes prevent animals eating the flesh. It has shallow roots to suck up rainwater. The bright coloured flowers attract bees so they can pollenate the plant.
Prickly pear cactus
The cactus has thick outer stems that move, process and store nutrition. The long leaves have sharp hairs to keep animals away and direct moisture to the ground,. where the roots are. It stores water in its body in case of droughts, and has extremely long roots that are detachable allowing new roots to grow. They don't need much water but will need what is necessary to grow and stay alive.
The ocotillo doesn't need much water and its branches keep the necessary water from evaporating. When the plant doesn't get enough water, its leaves will turn brown and drop off, this is because leaves need more water than the rest of the plant. It has large roots to suck up as much water as it can dry in the desert. It's bright coloured flowers attract insects, so it can reproduce.