Biomes of Utah Desert, Forest, Alpine Forest, And Aquatic
The Desert • Annual rainfall? • Less than 6 inches!
Desert Animals • Desert Tortoise • Snakes • Lizards • Golden Eagle • Turkey Vulture
Desert Tortoise • The length of this tortoise's shell is about 10 inches. Full-grown adults will reach 15 inches. • The hard shell is a protection against predators and a harsh environment.. • The color and patterns allow the tortoise to blend in with the shrubs and soil.
Snakes Snakes are important predators in desert ecosystems. Life on the desert is harsh, and predators help to maintain the critical balance.
Lizards • Lizards are superbly adapted desert dwellers. • Control insects. • Serve as food for other desert predators. • Two adaptations. • They are very well camouflaged. • They can lose their tail to escape when captured and grow a new one for future escapes.
Golden Eagle • A Golden Eagle eating a hare. • The eagle will typically cover a large territory in search of an occasional lizard or desert wood rat.
Turkey Vulture • Scavengers such as the Turkey Vulture, fill a very significant role in the desert ecosystem.
Forest Animals Raccoon Garter Snake Eagle Turkey Robin
Raccoon • This masked bandit can become very friendly when a full garbage can is available. Although very cute, this mammal can bite very hard!
Garter Snake • These common reptiles can be found in your own backyard.
Golden Eagle • A Golden Eagle eating a hare. • The eagle will typically cover a large territory in search of food.
Turkey A turkey in the wild can be a feast for a larger predator.
Robin • Robins can be seen in many backyards.