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- 1. Desert Animals Cool Facts Every First Grader Should Know
- Some are so big they can eat lizards, bugs, and mice.
- Hairs vibrate to inform them of nearby animals.
3. Dromedary Camel
- This animal can drink 27 gallons of water in a few minutes!
- Favorite food Prickly Pear Cactus
- Mostly active at night and early morning
- Has a great nose that can smell very far away and even underground!
- At night their narrow eyes open to help them catch flies!
7. Grasshopper Mouse
- Tiny whiskers help them smell grasshoppers from far away and also warn them about nearby coyotes.
- Rattle at the end of their body warns off enemies before they attack with their poisonous venom.
- Blood vessels in their large ears give off heat and keep their body cool.
- Can run 15 miles an hour.
- Two toes point forward and two point back which allows it to run fast and catch lizards.
11. Gila Monster
- One of 2 poisonous lizards in the world.
- Can go a year or more without eating (it lives off the fat in its tail!)
12. Kangaroo Rat
- Strong legs make it an excellent burrower.
- This animal never needs to drink water.
13. Horned Lizard
- Can shoot blood from its lower eyelid as far as 4 feet!
14. Gila Woodpecker
- Chisels out nests in a Saguaro cactus and feeds plants food to its babies.
15. Elf Owl
- This nocturnal bird feeds on insects it finds near around the Saguaro.
- Grabs victims with its pinchers and stings them with the poison in its tail.
- Moves along the desert by throwing its body into two loops and pushes against the ground to create parallel marks.
- This creature burrows into the sand and wiggles along so fast that it seems like it is swimming under the sand!