Weird Nature

25+ Desert Creatures That Have Adapted To Extreme Conditions 

Robert DeSalvo
Updated June 24, 2020 14.2k votes 2.4k voters 107.7k views 28 items

They are some of the harshest environments on earth, but deserts are still teeming with life and desert animals that have adapted to extreme conditions. To conserve water, a lot of animals don't urinate and most don't even drink water - they extract moisture from the plants and creatures they eat. What animals live in the desert? There are all kinds of desert creatures that are super cool, even if their habitats are hot as blazes.

The sidewinder rattlesnake beats the heat by moving in a way so that only a small part of its body is touching the scorching sand at any given time. The fennec fox has large ears to dissipate body heat. Other animals decide to hide during the day and sleep, coming out to feed at night, when it's cooler. There is even a type of beetle that pulls precious early morning moisture from the sand and gulps a big drop for a day's work.

It's hot out there, but these animals are so cool for finding unique ways to live in the desert? Which on this desert animals list is the coolest? The fearsome Gila monster? The adorable meerkat? The I-can't-believe-it's-real camel spider? Vote up your favorite desert denizens and learn even more about the desert biome.

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Fennec is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25+ Desert Creatures That Have Adapted To Extreme Conditions
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This North African fox has big ears that aren't just cute, they are useful for survival in a hot climate. It helps them hear bugs that could be moving under the sand, and their ears are loaded with blood vessels that allows them to dissipate excess body heat.
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Meerkat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25+ Desert Creatures That Have Adapted To Extreme Conditions
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The black eyes of these adorable African critters act like natural sunglasses. This allows them to see more clearly during the day when a lot of other desert animals are napping.
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Thorny Devil
Thorny Devil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25+ Desert Creatures That Have Adapted To Extreme Conditions
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This Australian lizard has developed adsorbent skin that can pull moisture out of the air. Its face is even designed so moisture condenses and rolls into its mouth for it to drink.
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Roadrunner
Lesser Roadrunner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25+ Desert Creatures That Have Adapted To Extreme Conditions
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The roadrunner can live its whole life without taking a drink of water. A lot of desert animals do not urinate, and the roadrunner is one of them, excreting salt through a gland near its eyes.
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