Desert animals are distinguishable by their physical adaptations to be able to live in a harsh, dry environment. In the desert, water can be scarce and temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius). This is why desert dwellers, such as the Camel and the Jackrabbit, have evolved to be equipped to handle extreme conditions with the Camel having the ability to store and carry large amounts of water and the Jackrabbit with large ears that help cool and deflect heat. Not only can deserts be extremely hot, but their temperatures can also drop at night, as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius) due to the lack of cloud cover to maintain heat. The animals living in these desert habitats have evolved to adapt and thrive in one of the most inhospitable, ever-changing habitats on Earth.

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Desert Animals

Dromedary Camel
86"-134" (7’2”-11’2”) | 219-341 cm
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Bactrian Camel
89"-138" (7’5”-11’6”) | 225-350 cm
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Mongolian Gerbil
2-3 years (wild); 3-5 years (captivity)
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Dark Kangaroo Mouse
2-3 years (wild); 4-5 years (captivity)
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Four-Toed Hedgehog
2-4 years (wild), up to 6-10 years (captivity)
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Ord’s Kangaroo Rat
2-5 years (wild); 5-10 years (captivity)
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Red Fox
2-4 years (wild); up to 10-12 years (captivity)
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Swift Fox
3-6 years (wild); up to 10-14 years (captivity)
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Kit Fox
4-7 years (wild); up to 12-14 years (captivity)
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Fennec Fox
8-10 years (wild); up to 10-14 years (captivity)
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Dingo
3-7 years (wild); up to 16 years (captivity)
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Golden Jackal
8-10 years (wild); up to 16 years (captivity)
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Gray Wolf
6-8 years (wild); up to 17 years (captivity)
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Cougar
10-13 years (wild); Up to 20 years (captivity)
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Coyote
10-15 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)
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Eastern Coyote
10-15 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)
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Asiatic Lion
12-18 years (wild); 18-20 years (captivity)
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Red Kangaroo
8-16 years (wild); up to 25-27 years (captivity)
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Eastern Coyote
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Eastern Coyote compared to an average person

The Eastern Coyote (Canis latrans var) is a North American canine of the wolf and coyote family. They have straight ears, a bushy tail, and a narrow chest with fur ranging from dark brown to reddish blonde. The Eastern Coyote is at times referred to as a coyote, coydog, brush wolf, and new wolf.

The Eastern coyote is an omnivore and will eat what is available and easy to either kill or scavenge. They will hunt for mice, moose, rabbits, hares, and deer. Their diet shifts with the seasons.

Eastern Coyotes have a shoulder height of 22”-25” (56-64 cm), body length between 34”-39” (86-99 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 45-55 lb (20-25 kg). The typical lifespan of a Eastern Coyote is 10-15 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Eastern Coyote
The Eastern Coyote (Canis latrans var) is a North American canine of the wolf and coyote family. They have straight ears, a bushy tail, and a narrow chest with fur ranging from dark brown to reddish blonde. The Eastern Coyote is at times referred to as a coyote, coydog, brush wolf, and new wolf.

Eastern Coyotes have a shoulder height of 22”-25” (56-64 cm), body length between 34”-39” (86-99 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 45-55 lb (20-25 kg). The typical lifespan of a Eastern Coyote is 10-15 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Eastern Coyote
Eastern Coyote
Height:
22”-25” | 56-64 cm
Width:
Length:
34”-39” | 86-99 cm
Depth:
Weight:
45-55 lb | 20-25 kg
Area:
Coat Color
Scientific Name
C. latrans × C. lupus × C. lycaon
Lifespan
10-15 years (wild); up to 20 years (captivity)

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Eastern Coyote side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (howling), side (walking)

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Red Fox

The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest group of true foxes. They have a long body and short limbs typically with a rust-red fur coat. Red Foxes stand apart from other foxes due to their large size and ability to adapt to new environments.

They are native to the northern hemisphere including North America, Europe, Asia, and northern Africa with common habitats consisting of forests, grasslands, mountains, and deserts. Red foxes are typically found in pairs or small groups that consist of families. Their diet consists of small rodents, rabbits, game birds, reptiles, invertebrates, and young ungulates.

Red Foxs have a shoulder height of 14”-18” (35-46 cm), body length between 22”-34” (56-86 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 12-18 lb (5-8 kg). The typical lifespan of a Red Fox is 2-4 years in the wild and up to 10-12 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Red Fox
The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest group of true foxes. They have a long body and short limbs typically with a rust-red fur coat. Red Foxes stand apart from other foxes due to their large size and ability to adapt to new environments.

Red Foxs have a shoulder height of 14”-18” (35-46 cm), body length between 22”-34” (56-86 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 12-18 lb (5-8 kg). The typical lifespan of a Red Fox is 2-4 years in the wild and up to 10-12 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Red Fox
Red Fox
Height:
14”-18” | 35-46 cm
Width:
Length:
22”-34” | 56-86 cm
Depth:
Weight:
12-18 lb | 5-8 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Vulpes vulpes
Lifespan
2-4 years (wild); up to 10-12 years (captivity)

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Red Fox side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (sitting), side (lying down)

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Mongolian Gerbil

The Mongolian Gerbil, also called a jird and originally recognized as the ‘desert rat’, is a small rodent with the scientific name Meriones unguiculatus. It’s adapted to a desert environment, having fur on its entire body, including the tail, to protect itself from the sun.

The Mongolian Gerbil has also adapted for safety, possessing the ability to shed its tail if a predator latches on. This act of survival is important as the Mongolian Gerbil’s tail is approximately as long as its body. It is both a tunnel maker and a considerable chewer, having teeth that grow all the time (a trait shared by all rodents).

Mongolian Gerbils have a height of 2.2”-2.7” (5.6-6.8 cm), body length between 4.5”-5.7” (11.5-14.5 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-4.6 oz (60-130 g). The tail length of a Mongolian Gerbil is 3.5”-4.7” (9-12 cm). Mongolian Gerbils have a typical lifespan of 2-3 years in the wild and 3-5 years when raised in captivity.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Mongolian Gerbil
The Mongolian Gerbil, also called a jird and originally recognized as the ‘desert rat’, is a small rodent with the scientific name Meriones unguiculatus. It’s adapted to a desert environment, having fur on its entire body, including the tail, to protect itself from the sun.

Mongolian Gerbils have a height of 2.2”-2.7” (5.6-6.8 cm), body length between 4.5”-5.7” (11.5-14.5 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 2-4.6 oz (60-130 g). The tail length of a Mongolian Gerbil is 3.5”-4.7” (9-12 cm). Mongolian Gerbils have a typical lifespan of 2-3 years in the wild and 3-5 years when raised in captivity.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Mongolian Gerbil
Mongolian Gerbil
Height:
2.2”-2.7” | 5.6-6.8 cm
Width:
Length:
4.5”-5.7” | 11.5-14.5 cm
Depth:
Weight:
2-4.6 oz | 60-130 g
Area:
Tail Length
3.5”-4.7” | 9-12 cm
Scientific Name
Meriones unguiculatus
Lifespan
2-3 years (wild); 3-5 years (captivity)

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Mongolian Gerbil side elevation (standing), front (standing)

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Roborovski Dwarf Hamster

The Roborovski Dwarf Hamster, whose scientific name is Phodopus roborovskii, is a small species of hamster measuring two to three inches long on average, with a portly body, short legs, and short tail. Dwarf Hamsters are omnivores with specific diets as a result of the region they inhabit and the season.

Due to its tiny size however, it will more often prey on insects rather than on smaller animals. The Roborovski Dwarf Hamster lives in burrows dug underground to protect itself, either occupying these shelters alone or in small groups depending on the species.

Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters have a height of 1.1”-1.9” (2.7-4.7 cm), body length between 2”-3” (4.5-7.6 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .7-1 oz (20-30 g). The tail length of a Roborovski Dwarf Hamster is .125” (3 mm). Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters have a typical lifespan of 2-3 years in the wild and 4-5 years in captivity.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Roborovski Dwarf Hamster
The Roborovski Dwarf Hamster, whose scientific name is Phodopus roborovskii, is a small species of hamster measuring two to three inches long on average, with a portly body, short legs, and short tail. Dwarf Hamsters are omnivores with specific diets as a result of their habitats and seasons.

Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters have a height of 1.1”-1.9” (2.7-4.7 cm), body length between 2”-3” (4.5-7.6 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .7-1 oz (20-30 g). The tail length of a Roborovski Dwarf Hamster is .125” (3 mm). Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters have a typical lifespan of 2-3 years in the wild and 4-5 years in captivity.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Roborovski Dwarf Hamster
Roborovski Dwarf Hamster
Height:
1.1”-1.9” | 2.7-4.7 cm
Width:
Length:
2”-3” | 4.5-7.6 cm
Depth:
Weight:
.7-1 oz | 20-30 g
Area:
Tail Length
.125” | 3 mm
Scientific Name
Phodopus roborovskii
Lifespan
2-3 years (wild); 4-5 years (captivity)

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Roborovski Dwarf Hamster side elevation (standing), front (standing)

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Kit Fox

The Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis) is the smallest species of foxes, but has the largest ears of all the species. They are native to North America and are mostly found in the southwestern region of the United States and northern Mexico. Kit Foxes are mostly nocturnal and their diet mainly consists of rodents, rabbits, fish, bugs, and other small birds. They are generally monogamous and often mate for life. Kit Foxes are the prey of coyotes and bobcats.

Kit Foxs have a shoulder height of 10”-12” (25-30 cm), body length between 17”-21” (43-53 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 4-6 lb (2-2.7 kg). The typical lifespan of a Kit Fox is 4-7 years in the wild and up to 12-14 years when raised in captivity.

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Kit Fox
The Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis) is the smallest species of foxes, but has the largest ears of all the species. They are native to North America and are mostly found in the southwestern region of the United States and northern Mexico. Kit Foxes are mostly nocturnal.

Kit Foxs have a shoulder height of 10”-12” (25-30 cm), body length between 17”-21” (43-53 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 4-6 lb (2-2.7 kg). The typical lifespan of a Kit Fox is 4-7 years in the wild and up to 12-14 years when raised in captivity.

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Kit Fox
Kit Fox
Height:
10”-12” | 25-30 cm
Width:
Length:
17”-21” | 43-53 cm
Depth:
Weight:
4-6 lb | 2-2.7 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Vulpes macrotis
Lifespan
4-7 years (wild); up to 12-14 years (captivity)

Drawings include:

Kit Fox side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (sitting), side (walking)

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