How are animals adapted to living in the desert?
Deserts are challenging places to live for animals that have not adapted to live there; however, many animals have evolved to be able to survive in a desert’s harsh conditions.Nocturnal and Crepuscular AnimalsMany animals in the desert become nocturnal. This enables them to escape the bright light and heat of the sun during the day. Snakes and rodents that live in the desert are often nocturnal. Some animals are only active at dawn and dusk; these animals are called crepuscular species,BurrowingAnimals that are active during the day often seek the shade of rocks, desert plants or make burrows in which to spend the hottest hours. Digging a few feet into the sand can help them stay cool.WaterSome animals that live in the desert find water sources by eating water-retaining plants like bulbs and cacti, since water is not always available. Other animals, like camels, evolve to be able to store water in their bodies for long periods of time.CamouflageAnimals that are subject to predation, su