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DESERT BIOME DESERT BIOME By: Max Katie Marion

Temperature & yearly precipitation:

Temperature & yearly precipitation Hot Deserts The minimum temperatures in the summer can range from 20-25°C and the maximum is 43.5-49°C. In the winter or at night the temperature can drop to -18°C. The average yearly precipitation is 15cm or below. Cold Deserts In the summer the temperature can range in between -2-4°C. In the summer the temperature can range in between 21-26°C. The average yearly precipitation is 15-26cm.

animals:

animals Armadillo Lizard: The armadillo lizard has to smell for food and predators. This lizard is a slow lizard that usually walks, but when it senses a predator, it can run fast away from it. However, sometimes it may not need to run. The armadillo lizard can roll itself up like an armadillo. It bites and holds its tail in its mouth. This protects its softer belly and chest. The armadillo lizard has spiny scales that surrou nd its body. This helps it in two ways: It armors the lizard because it’s so strong. Its spiny scales tell predators to back off. Interesting Facts: The armadillo lizard is usually 15-17in. long. It’s tail length is 14-16in. long. Its weight ranges from 8-17lbs. It’s found in deserts of the Southern tip of Africa.

Animals:

Animals Sonoran Desert Toad It is meant to live in wet or moist areas of the desert. However, not every desert has that, so the toad must search everywhere to find it. They usually eat insects and mice. During hibernation, these toads first fattens the body. Then, they bury underground and wait there for the dry winters to go away. Last, they awake on the spring rains and they are done with hibernation. Interesting Facts: The sonoran toad can be found in Southwest United States Desert. In the spring, the male will try to find a female by “singing”.

plants:

plants Cacti- With its waxy coating, the water it stores can’t escape. Its roots are thin and broadly spread . Any rainfall can be absorbed immediately . Sagebrush- Some of its adaptations are: It has an extensive root sytem that come up to the surface to absorb rainfall, and also to go all the way down underground to get saturated water.

Location :

Location Arid Deserts are found in North and South America, Africa, and Southern Asia. They are commonly found at low-level attitude places. Semi-arid deserts are found in North America and Northern Asia, but then also are found in Europe and Russia. Coastal and Cold deserts are generally found in Neotropic and Nearctic , with cool to warm temperatures.

Food chain:

Food chain Sun -> Plants-> decomposers-> Insects-> Shovel-Shouted Lizard (Aporosaura Anchietae)-> Sidewinding Adder (Bitis Peringueyi)

FUN FACTS:

FUN FACTS Camels have sealable nostrils! The Chihuahuan Desert is the largest in North America. The round-tailed Ground Squirrel hibernates in summer and winter to beat the heat. (and cold) Turkey and Black vultures pee on their legs to cool themselves. This is called urohydrosis . Desert tarantulas can flick tiny barbed hairs from their abdomen at enemies. The Goliath Tarantula from South America is as big as a Chihuahua. Scorpions can be born with two tails. Sandstorms in the Sahara called “ haboobs ” and can be up to twice as tall as the empire state building.

Bibliography:

Bibliography “ Bactrian Camel.” Rollinghillswildlife.com. Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure Zoo. n.d. Web. 22September2010.< http://www.rollinghillswildlife.com/animals/c/camelbactrian/index.html > “ Biomes." Biomes . n.p. n.d. Web.21 Sept. 2010.< http://www.geo.arizona.edu > Borgenicht, David and Heimburg, Justin. The WORST-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Junior Edition. San Francisco: Quirk Productions, 2008. Print. Desert. (image). 21 Sept. 2010.< http://www.geo.arizona.edu > Desert. (image). 21 Sept.2010 . < www.worldbiomes.com > “Desert Biomes.” World Biomes. Cutequote.com funnysign.com | petturtle.com | famouscouple.com | extinctanimal.com. 2000. Web . 20 September 2010.< http://www.worldbiomes.com > Desert landscapes in Phoenix, Arizona: Organ pipe cacti are seen at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona on January 30, 2008. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn) . (Image). 22 Sept. 2010.< http://web.ebscohost.com > Desert sidewinding adder. (Image).22 Sept. 2010.< http://3.bp.blogspot.com> Espelie, Erin. “VIPERIZED.” Natural History. Volume 118. Mas Ultra School Edition. Web. September 21, 2010.

Bibliography 2:

Bibliography 2 Lambert, Wayne.”Deserts”. The Wolrd Book Encyclopedia. 1998 ed. Map of World Biomes. (Image). 22 Sept. 2010. <www.worldbiomes.com> Nevada State Flower: Sagebrush. (Image). 22 Sept. 2010.<http://www.google.comres?imgurl=http://www.netstate.com “Plants.” World Biomes. Kids do Ecology NCEAS. 2004. Web . 21 Sept. 2010.< http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu> Shovel Shouted Lizard. (Image). 22 Sept. 2010,<http://i.telegraph.co.uk

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