Desert Animals-Dobbins

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Second grade students read A Walk in the Desert by Caroline Arnold. This is a selection from the expository nonfiction genre. They used the Super 3 Research Model to locate, gather and use information about different animals of the desert to create a slide show.


  • 1. Animals of the Desert Ms. Dobbins Class 2009-2010

2. Caitlyn and Garrett Mrs. Dobbins September 2009 Little Kit Fox 3. Diet

  • It eats rodents, squirrels, rabbits, insects, birds, lizards, plant matter.

4. Predators

  • Its predators are vultures, hyenas, and jackals and goes to hide in its burrows.

5. Description

  • It is a small slender animal with ears that are large and triangular. Its color is tan and tail is tipped with black.

6. Cool Facts

  • Its sight and hearing are keen. They have an excellent sense of smell. The kit fox never gets water, it only gets it from its food.

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8. Cole and Charissa Dobbins 2009 Roadrunner 9. Diet

  • They eatspiders andfruit.

10. Predators

  • The enemies are hawks and snakes. They run fast.

11. Description

  • It is brown and covered with feathers.

12. Cool Facts

  • When the snake tries to bite the roadrunner, the roadrunner snaps its neck.

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14. Gracie and Caleb Mrs. Dobbins September 2009 Bandicoot 15. Diet

  • The bandicoot eats termites,
  • lizards, worms, mice, snails, and fruit.

16. Predators

  • The bandicoots predators are foxes,and wild cats.

17. Description

  • The bandicoot is 11 to 32 inches long. The bandicoot has gray fur and a lighter belly and pouch. They have powerful clawed hindlegs.

18. Cool Facts

  • The bandicoot needs very little water. The bandicoot digs underground dens 5 feet long.

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20. Hunter and Zachary Mrs. DobbinsSeptember 2009 Jackrabbit 21. Diet

  • The jackrabbit eats grasses, herbs, leaves, bark, and twigs.

22. Predators

  • His predators are dogs, foxes, raccoons, weasels, bobcats, and lynxes. He hears and runs fast.

23. Description

  • The jack rabbit is 2 feet tall. His large ears help him hear good and helps him hunt for food.

24. Cool Facts

  • Most hares live about a year.

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26. Integrity and Noah Mrs. Dobbins September 2009 Short Horned Lizard 27. Diet

  • Mainly they eat ants.

28. Predators

  • Its predators are snakes.It plays dead andacts like a rock.

29. Description

  • Short horned lizards have spiny scales. Short horned lizards are flat round lizards with short stubby horns above the eyes and around the back of the head.

30. Cool Facts

  • Short horned lizards squirt blood from the eyes for 2-3 feet when bothered by enemies.

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32. Madison Mrs. Dobbins September 2009 Rattle Snake 33. Diet

  • Theyre meat eaters. They eat rodents, lizards, and other small animals.

34. Predators

  • It shades in with rocks. Eagles, hawks, roadrunners, kingsnakes, coyote, bobcats,and fox are its predators.

35. Description

  • This snake ranges in size from 3 to 5 feet long with few reaching 7 feet long.

36. Cool Facts

  • The rattlesnake can move his tail back and forth 60 times in a second.

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38. Logan and Andrew Mrs. Dobbins September 2009 Gila Monster 39. Diet

  • It eats small mammals, lizards, frogs, insects, and dead animals and bird eggs.

40. Predators

  • Humans are its main predator. But it has more predators hawks and birds are its prey . It hides in the sand.

41. Description

  • The Gila monster has a colorful beadlike skin. It helps the animal camouflage.

42. Cool Facts

  • They store fat in its tail. So it can live for months.

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44. Monteleto Mrs. Dobbins September 2009 Coyote 45. Diet

  • It eats fruit and small mice.

46. Predators

  • Wolves, cougars, and bears are predators. It run fast.

47. Description

  • It has long legs and dark eyes.

48. Cool Facts

  • They hunt with badgers sometimes.

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50. Jenna and Oscar September 2009 Mrs. Dobbins Fennec Fox 51. Diet

  • It eats birds, eggs, lizards, and, insects.

52. Predators

  • Vultures, hyenas, and jackals are predators. May hide in burrow to escape predators.

53. Description

  • Body length is 14 -16 inches, tail length is 8 inches, weight is 33 pounds. It is covered with fuzzy fur.

54. Cool Facts

  • It is cool because it has a long reddish brown bushy tail with a black tip. The fennec is the world's smallest fox.

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56. Madison W. and Tyler Mrs. Dobbins September 2009 Kangaroo Rat 57. Diet

  • It eats little seeds and a little water almost every day.

58. Predators

  • The predators are rattlesnakes. Its powerful hind legs are used to dig big holes.

59. Description

  • They have big ears, very long tails, and light brown fur.

60. Cool Facts

  • Kangaroo rats can hop very high and have a very long tail.

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