Sandcats are extremely interesting animals.  They live in extremely harsh environments and have adapted very  well to do it.  Though humans have hurt their chances of long term survival.Most Sandcats live in North Africa though there are small populations in the ME and Asia.  They live in extremely harsh environments that receive less than 20mm of water per year, such as the Sahara.  These areas are isolated and not many people live their so it’s a mystery whether the reason we don’t thein allot of them is because of lack of data or because there is not any or our fears are real.

    Most animals in the world wouldn’t survive the harsh environment that i just talked about.  But the sandcat is especially equipped to do it.  It’s first adaption is it's size as being little it does not need as much food and water as bigger animals do to survive. With that sand cats don't need to drink water at all because they get all the moisture they need from prey.  Sandcats are nocturnal animals. Which means that they sleep in their burrows during the day and come out to hunt at night.  Their main prey are rodents but also can take down snakes including Horned and sand Vipers. Sand is also a big problem in the Sahara so Sandcats have fur covering their ears to protect their hearing and thick fur on their paws to keep from sinking in the sand

    Though Sandcats are extremely hardy animals they are on the brink of extinction. Sandcats are getting caught in fox traps set by farmers  that are cultivating their territory. Sometimes its meant on purpose for them to get caught because hungry ones might steal chickens.  Illegal pet trade is also a problem because Sandcats are cute and many people would pay a high price for one of them. Domestic pet introduction is also hurting them because dogs attack and in many cases kill Sandcats, and house cats spread diseases that are unknown to Sandcats. Thats what my website is about.