Desert Animals

Most desert animals are nocturnal or active at night when the temperature is cooler. Some desert animals are diurnal or active during the day. Desert animals have adapted to life in the deserts. Adaptations are characteristics that plants and animals have that help them to survive or changes a plant or animal makes to fit new conditions or new environments.

In this WebQuest you will learn how these desert animals survive in the desert.
You will research an animal and discover:

  • the class or group it belongs to
  • the covering on its body\
  • where it makes its home
  • the food it likes to eat
  • its enemies
  • the adaptations these animals have

You will work with a partner and take notes on a desert animal. Use the English Desert Research Field Guide or Spanish Desert Research Field Guide to take notes.

  • Click on the links to learn about a desert animal.
  • Click on the speaker next to each bullet to hear the words read to you.
  • Click on the back button to come back to this page.
  • Once you have completed notes for your section, turn your paper over and draw a picture of your animal in its environment on the back of the notes page.
     

Desert Tortoise

Elf Owl Fringe-toed Lizard Gila Monster Ground Squirrel

tortuga del desierto

búho enano iguana del desierto monstruo de Gila ardilla terrestre
 

 Hawk

Horned Lizard   Jackrabbit Kangaroo Rat Kit Fox

halcón

lagarto de cuernos liebre americana rata canguro zorro veloz
 
Prairie Dog Rattlesnake Roadrunner Scorpion Sidewinder
perros de la pradera serpiente de cascabel correcaminos escorpión  serpiente de cascabel

 
    
Credits:

Desert Tortoise Graphic downloaded from: http://engineering.curiouscatblog.net/2008/06/19/mojave-desert-tortoises/ on January 4, 2011.
Elf Owl Graphic: Downloaded from: http://artwolfe.photoshelter.com/gallery/G0000HtZ944hqjUI on January. 5, 2011
Elf Owl Graphic downloaded from: http://www.mirror-pole.com/collpage/elf_owl/elfowl_1.htm on January 4, 2011
Fringed-Toed Lizard Graphic downloaded from:http://www.toddshikingguide.com/FloraFauna/Fauna45.htm on January 4, 2011
Gila Monster Graphic downloaded from: http://www.ehow.com/info_8765795_fun-kids-gila-monster.html on March 22, 2012
Ground Squirrel Graphic downloaded from: http://www.freesnake.com/sidewinder12.html on January 4, 2011
Hawk Graphic downloaded from: http://www.desertusa.com/aug96/du_hawk.html on March 22, 2012
Horned Lizard Graphic downloaded from: http://www.desertusa.com/april96/du_hliz.html on March 22, 2012
Jackrabbit Graphic downloaded from: http://www.desertusa.com/july96/du_rabbi.html on January 4, 2011
Kangaroo Rat Graphic downloaded from: http://www.facts4me.com/disp_subject.php?s_id=777 on January 4, 2011
Kit Fox Graphic downloaded from: http://animaldiscovery-chanel.blogspot.com/2010/12/kit-fox-conservation-... on January 4, 2011
Prairie Dog Graphic downloaded from: http://www.desertusa.com/dec96/du_pdogs.html on March 22, 2012
Rattlesnake Graphic downloaded from: Image from: http://www.dipity.com/tickr/Flickr_rattlesnake/ on March 22, 2012
Roadrunner Graphic downloaded from: http://elainasnatureblog.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html on January 4, 2011
Scorpion Graphic downloaded from: http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/view.php?did=27557&tid=2 on January 4, 2011
Sidewinder Graphic downloaded from: http://www.freesnake.com/sidewinder12.html on January 4, 2011
Horizon Graphic downloaded from: http://www.mysunsetbackgrounds.com/download/27919 on January 6, 2011

This bilingual WebQuest was originally created for first grade by Elisa Magee on February 18, 2004 and is based on
Northside ISD Science Curriculum. The current webquest was updated and edited by Patty Marta and Deanna Lockhart.
Spanish portion was updated by Gracie Villarreal.
Last Updated on March 24, 2014.
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