Animals living in the Hot Desert habitat

The Hot Desert is the hottest habitat on Earth. With its hard extremes of lack of water and oppressing heat, it is known for its rugged terains of sand and stone. Hot Deserts can range from flat landscapes to hills, cliffs and canyons. Rainfall in a Hot Desert will be less than 10 inches per year.

The Animals that live in the Hot Desert, are unique in that they have bodies and behaviors adapted and equipped to survive on low amounts of water. For example, the Road Runner has the ability to raise and lower their body temperature. Desert Big Horn Sheep use their hooves and horns to break into cacti, for their moisture packed insides. Other animals that can be found in a Hot Desert are Scorpions, Tarantulas, Vultures, Coyotes, Rattlesnakes, Jackrabbits and LIzards.

These Animals use a variety of methods to escape the hot, dry days. Some will migrate into the mountains or toward desert plains. Using the advantage of the deserts low vegitation coverage, some animals find shady places to rest and avoid the harsh sun. Birds can soar, to cool off. Some animals spend days in caves and burrows, hunting during the nighttime hours for food.

The Hot Desert and its inhabitants are truly unique, and are one of the great lessons in adaptablity.

Even-toed ungulates

Roan antelope
Addra gazelle
Dorcas gazelle
Rhim gazelle
Red-fronted gazelle
Goitered gazelle
Saudi gazelle
Arabian gazelle
Queen of sheba's gazelle
Nubian ibex
African buffalo
Salt's dik-dik
Sahara oryx


Black-footed cat
Striped hyaena
African lion
American jackal
Rusty-spotted cat
Arctic wolf
Black-backed jackal
African caracal
Bay lynx
Spotted hyaena
Afghan fox
African sand fox
Cross fox
Fennec fox
Peruvian desert fox
Jungle cat
Sand cat


Trident bat
Rüppel's pipistrelle
Geoffroy's horseshoe bat
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Heart-nosed bat
Southern long-nosed bat
African sheath-tailed bat
Naked-rumped tomb bat
California leaf-nosed bat
Midas free-tailed bat
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Horn-skinned bat
Ethiopian large-eared roundleaf bat

Dasyuroid marsupials and marsupial carnivores

Banded anteater

American marsupials

Grayish mouse opossum


Rock dassie


Round-eared elephant shrew
Bushveld elephant shrew
Somali elephant shrew
North african elephant shrew

Marsupial moles

Northern marsupial mole
Marsupial mole

Bandicoots and bilbies


Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs

Black rhinoceros


Hamadryas baboon


African elephant


Euphrates jerboa
Iranian jerboa
Olrog's chaco mouse
Fat-tailed gerbil
Four-striped grass mouse
Desert pocket gopher
Texas pocket gopher
Mearns's pouched mouse
Tropical pocket gopher
Mohave ground squirrel
Hairy-footed gerbil
Namib brush-tailed gerbil
Bushy-tailed hairy-footed gerbil
Bushveld gerbil
Mauritanian gerbil
Pleasant gerbil
Cape short-eared gerbil
Anderson's gerbil
Gerbil mouse
Dallon's gerbil
Texas kangaroo rat
Somalia gerbil
San quintin kangaroo rat
Sundevall's jird
Flower's gerbil
Giant kangaroo rat
Libyan jird
Lesser egyptian gerbil
Fresno kangaroo rat
Phillips's mouse
Mackillingin's gerbil
San jose island kangaroo rat
Baluchistan gerbil
Margarita island kangaroo rat
Pale gerbil
Greater egyptian gerbil
Somalian gerbil
Cairo spiny mouse
Tarabul's gerbil
Waters's gerbil
Namaqua rock rat


Screaming hairy armadillo
Large hairy armadillo

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