Desert Ecosystem Lesson 46. The desert ecosystem is hot and dry. Living things in the desert have been able to adapt and thrive to the harsh conditions of the desert. Deserts are very hot all year with very little rain. Plants and animals are able to survive on very little water.
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Desert EcosystemLesson 46
The desert ecosystem is hot and dry. Living things in the desert have been able to adapt and thrive to the harsh conditions of the desert.
One plant you would find in the desert would be the cactus. Cacti(more than one) have flat fleshy pads that look like large leaves. Those pads hold water.
Many desert animals fur, feathers, or skin is light in color because the light color reflects the hot desert sun. This will keep the animal cooler.
The desert tortoise spends most of his time in his underground burrow. He stays there to conserve water and stay cool. He makes his burrow close to desert plants.
The antelope ground squirrels drinks morning dew and eats plants and does not seemed to be bothered with the heat. They hunt during the day. They live in burrows under the ground.
The desert has many meat eaters. The coyote eats about everything. It will eat all the animals we have already mentioned, plus some. It eats animals it finds that are dead and it eat fruits and cactus berries.
The rattlesnake needs very little water to survive. It mostly hunts at night. It eats rodents such as the antelope ground squirrel. It usually takes the animal’s burrow for its own.
It rattles its tail as a warning.
It is very venomous.
The Roadrunner is a large black-and-white ground bird quick enough to catch and eat small rattlesnakes. The Roadrunner prefers walking or running rather than flying. It eats rodents, birds, snakes and lizards.