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Sonoran Desert

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Karizma Hunter-Montalvo

on 27 August 2013

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The Sonora Desert
Primary Consumers
In the Sonora desert, the producers are cacti and ground plants.

The ground plants feed and provide energy to the primary consumers.
Secondary Consumers
Secondary Consumers eat the primary consumers.
Secondary Consumers are carnivores such as snakes and foxes.
Secondary consumers are the ones that eat, mice, bunnies, and more.
Most common Cacti found in the Sonoran desert is the barrel cactus.
Another cactus found in the Sonoran Desert is the Saguaro Cactus.
Primary consumers are animals that get their energy from the plants and cacti.
Primary consumers in the Sonoran desert are bunnies, turtles, grasshoppers and more.
Primary consumers feed the secondary consumers such as fox, snakes, and more.
A common ground plant in the Sonoran Desert is Ocotillo.
Tertiary Consumers:
Tertiary consumers are eagles or in other words any bird that would feed on the secondary consumers that are dead.
There is nothing in the food pyramid that eats the birds, of course unless they are dead.
Primary Consumer
The turtle eats the ground plants
Ants/other insects
rats/mice/kangaroo rat
Desert Tortoise (gopherus agassizii)
Desert Bighorn sheep
The ants are able to build an ant hill to store food as well as keep safe.
The mammels such as the rats and the bighorn sheep HAVE to keep fresh
water near in order to survive.
The tortoise only needs 1/10 of their food.
The thick scales keep them from drying out as well.
Adaptions that desert plants (producers) have to make in order to survive are to adapt to the extreme heat and how arid it is in the Sonoran desert.
changing the physical structure of the plant.
growing out longer roots.
the scales on a tortoise:
Producers adapt:
Tertiary adaption:

sand viper, the fan-tailed raven, and cobras.
these consumers due the same as any other snakes and birds.
the birds are able to fly away to cooler places when it gets extremely hot.
The snakes are able to go into the ground to be safe and also to where it is not as hot as it would be on the surface.
sand viper, the fan-tailed raven, and cobras
Collared Lizards take the water in the cacti as well as eats the needles and other lizards
The sidewinders is able to bury himself into the sand. To stay out of the heart.
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