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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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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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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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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Dingo
Scale illustration of an average Dingo with dimensions for height and length compared to a human

The Dingo (Canis lupus dingo), also known as a warrigal, is considered as either a sub species of the wolf or its own independent species. Likened to the domestic dog, the Dingo has short fur, pointed ears, and a bushy tail. What sets the Dingo apart from the physical appearance of the domestic dog is its longer snout and teeth and larger ears.

The color of the Dingo’s fur varies from yellowish to brownish with cream underparts, although some have been spotted with a completely black or white coat. The Dingo is highly mobile and carries the reputation of the “singing dog” due to the sound of its howls (used to signal occupied territories).

Dingos have a shoulder height of 20”-24” (51-61 cm), body length between 28”-43” (71-109 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 30-45 lb (14-20 kg). The typical lifespan of a Dingo is 3-7 years in the wild and up to 16 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Dingo in various poses
The Dingo (Canis lupus dingo), also known as a warrigal, is considered as either a sub species of the wolf or its own independent species. Likened to the domestic dog, the Dingo has short fur, pointed ears, and a bushy tail. What sets the Dingo apart is its longer snout and teeth and larger ears.

Dingos have a shoulder height of 20”-24” (51-61 cm), body length between 28”-43” (71-109 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 30-45 lb (14-20 kg). The typical lifespan of a Dingo is 3-7 years in the wild and up to 16 years in captivity.

Collection of scaled drawings of Dingo in various poses
Dingo
Height:
20”-24” | 51-61 cm
Width:
Length:
28”-43” | 71-109 cm
Depth:
Weight:
30-45 lb | 14-20 kg
Area:
Coat Color
Scientific Name
Canis lupus dingo
Lifespan
3-7 years (wild); up to 16 years (captivity)

Drawings include:

Dingo side elevation (standing), front (standing), front (sitting), side (walking)

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Bactrian Camel
Dimensioned drawing of a Bactrian Camel standing next to a man for scale with measurements for heights and width

The Bactrian Camel is a two-humped camelid residing in the Central and Eastern Asian Desert and is closely related, but wholly distinct from, the Wild Bactrian Camel, Camelus ferus. With its tolerance for both hot and cold temperatures, adaptation for high altitudes, and endurance for many miles, the Bactrian Camel enabled trade along the Silk Road from 130 B.C. to 1453 A.D. as a versatile pack animal. While mostly domesticated, a small feral population still exists in southwest Kazakhstan and India. Similar to the Dromedary Camel, the Bactrian Camel rarely sweats, can close its nostrils to sand, and has two rows of eyelashes to protect his eyes.

The average Bactrian Camel has an overall height of 84" (7’) (2.13 m), withers height of 62"-71" (5’2”-5’11”) (157-180 cm), and body length of 89"-138" (7’5”-11’6”) (225-350 cm). A typical Bactrian Camel weighs between 990-1100 lb (450-500 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 20-40 years; 50 (wild).

Illustrations of Bactrian Camels in various postures including walking, standing, and lying down
The Bactrian Camel is a two-humped camelid residing in Central and Eastern Asian Desert and is closely related to the Wild Bactrian Camel. Similar to the Dromedary Camel, the Bactrian Camel rarely sweats, can close its nostrils to sand, and has two rows of eyelashes to protect his eyes.

The average Bactrian Camel has an overall height of 84" (7’) (2.13 m), withers height of 62"-71" (5’2”-5’11”) (157-180 cm), and body length of 89"-138" (7’5”-11’6”) (225-350 cm). A typical Bactrian Camel weighs between 990-1100 lb (450-500 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 20-40 years; 50 (wild).

Illustrations of Bactrian Camels in various postures including walking, standing, and lying down
Bactrian Camel
Height:
84" (7’) | 2.13 m
Width:
Length:
89"-138" (7’5”-11’6”) | 225-350 cm
Depth:
Withers Height (Shoulder)
62"-71" (5’2”-5’11”) | 157-180 cm
Weight:
990-1100 lb | 450-500 kg
Area:

Uses: Pack animal

Camelus bactrianus
Lifespan
20-40 years; 50 (wild)

Drawings include:
Bactrian Camel side elevation (standing), side (person), front, walking, lying down

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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)

Drawings include:

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

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