Deserts come alive at night with animals of all kinds.  In fact they say that deserts have a "night life". 

Remember to focus on the key questions!

2. What organisms live in this habitat?
3. What adaptations help the organism live in this habitat?

Check out these websites to learn more about desert animals.

Desert USA

Desert USA is a fantastic place to find lots of information about desert animals.  Another resource they offer is video clips.  You can tell there is a video clip by looking ofr the piece of film by the animal's name.   The website also lists the animals by mammals, birds and fish, reptiles and amphibians, insects and spiders.

Desert Animals

Desert Animals has a list of animals that live in the desert.  This website also puts the animals into categories like birds, mammals, reptiles, arthropods, and amphibians.  They also have links to books and activities about desert animals.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo lists desert animals along the left side,  In the middle is a description of the desert habitat.  Once you choose an animal, it takes you to their webpage about that animal called "animal bytes".  It has quick facts including sounds of the animal, a map where you can find the animal, information about that animal and photos of the animal.


Zoobooks gives you an animal directory to search for an animal you are looking for.  They do not have all the animals, so be creative when you are searching.  A snake also might be called a rattlesnake or a reptile.  I found it easy to click on each letter and see which animals they had written about.  Zoobooks also has a virtual zoo and a place for fun activities and games.

Canadian Museum of Nature

"In the Natural History Notebooks you will find fascinating facts about more than 250 animal species.  And, don't overlook the interesting information in the Resource section."  You can enter by clicking on an animal category or you can choose the "Notebook A-Z" tab at the top and see ALL the animals in ABC order.

Take a Virtual Field Trip:

Sonoran Desert Seek and Find
You can visit both the daytime (diurnal) and the nighttime (nocturnal) animals.  Choose whether you want day or night, then click on the animal of your choice.  You can read facts as well as sometimes listen to the sounds the animal makes.  Very cool!

and articles:

At you can find a database about animals offered by EBSCOhost.

Click on above.  You should see the page below.
Look on the left side.  See where it says "Kids
Search".  Click on that button.  You should then see this page:

Then choose animals button and search for your animal.  You can also type it right there in the "Find" box, too.  Notice this site also has green buttons at the top for dictionaries, encyclopedias, and images.

You can find these books in our school library. 

551.4 RIN
Wonders of the Desert World by Judith Rinard.  Published by National Geographic Society, 
c 1976.

Text and photographs discuss desert plants and animals such as the gila monster and caterpillar cactus.

574.5 LER
A Desert Year by Carol Lerner.  Published by Morrow Junior Book, c 1991.

A study of the animals and plants found in the desert of America's southwest.

574.5 SPE
A Living Desert by Guy Spencer.  Published by Troll Associates, c 1988.

Describes the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert of the American Southwest.

591.754 ARN

Watching Desert Wildlife by Jim Arnosky.  Published by National Geographic Society, c 1998.

Illustrations and text describe some of the animals the author encountered in the deserts of the American Southwest.

591.909 CHI
Desert Animals by Michael Chinery.  Published by Random House, c 1992.

An introduction to the animals of the desert and how they live, including the camel, jumping jerboa, and bearded lizard.

599 JOH
Animals of the Desert by Sylvia Johnson.  Published by Learner Publications Co., c 1976.

Describes desert life and ten animals living in desert areas of the world: the kit fox, Arabian camel, caracal, gemsbok, roadrunner, onager, sidewinder, antelope jackrabbit, addax, and ringtail.

These videos are found in our library.

591.9 SEE (videocassette)
See How Desert Animals Grow by Dorling Kindersley Vision.  Published by Sony Wonder,
c 1995.

Shows the growth of desert animals, from infancy to young adulthood.

See video clips about the desert.

National Geographic Animals
Here you can find facts, photos, videos, and even sounds of animals you are researching.  Very colorful and easy to get around.  You will really like this website IF it offers information about your animal.  Don't forget you can browse through all the animals if you click the "browse" button in the middle of the page.

BBC Wildlife Finder-Animals

This website lets you search for an animal and watch videos, hear their sounds or calls, and/or read about them.  Unfortunately, they do not have every animal so you may have to look around for something that you think is cool!

Scorpion --

A young man tells about the scorpion's life in the desert and how it survives.

The Desert Kangaroo Rat --

A young lady tells what a kangaroo rat looks like, if it is nocturnal, where it lives in the desert, what it eats, how it adapts to the desert, and who are its enemies.

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