Desert Life

February 24, 2017
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This is a scorpion. It is one kind of animal that lives in this hot, dry habitat.

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What Is a Desert?

A desert is a place that has very little rainfall. Most deserts get less than 10 inches of rain per year. This is the Sahara desert. It is in Africa.

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Special Plants

Plants and flowers find ways to grow in this dry habitat. Cactus plants store up water inside.

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Home in the Sand

Many kinds of animals live in the desert. They have special body parts to help them survive in this habitat. Camels can store fat in their hump. They don’t need to eat for long periods of time.

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A short-horned lizard has thick scales. This helps its body hold on to water.

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Creature of the Night

This is a fennec fox. It sleeps during the day and comes out at night, when the desert is cooler.

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Desert Home

People also live in deserts. In African and Asian deserts, many people live in tents. They can move easily from place to place.

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Science Scoop

Deserts can be cold too! Antarctica is a desert. It does not rain or snow much there. The land is covered in ice. Antarctica is home to whales, seals, and penguins.