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Desert Adaptations

by: Gracie Miller

gracie miller

on 28 November 2012

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Desert Adaptations By: Gracie Miller Cactus Adaptations Cacti live in some of the hottest places in
world. So they adapted to store more water. Instead of leaves they have spines.
Spines help to prevent water loss by decreasing air flow close to the cactus and
making shade. The stem of the cactus
also takes the place of leaves to carry out the process of photosynthesis. The stem also stores the water for the cactus. Roadrunners have adapted to run on land instead of flying
because it is a more efficient way of catching prey in the desert.
The roadrunner is an omnivore. They eat small insects, reptiles, rodents, small mammals, fruits and seeds. Because they are so fast they are one of the few animals that can catch
rattlesnakes. Roadrunners have adapted to the freezing at night and burning up in the day conditions of the desert. Its
also one of my favorite cartoon characters!! The Joshua Tree adapted to the lack of water in the desert.
They have LONG roots on top of the dirt to absorb as much water as possible. Their leaves have a "waxy" coating to keep
and store as much water as possible. The trees also have adapted to the animals that depend on the tree such as:birds,
small mammals, reptiles, and insects. Especially the Yucca moth which lays its eggs in the flowers of the tree. Once the eggs hatch the babies eat the seeds in the flower. The Joshua Tree depends on the moth for pollination. So, the Joshua Tree has adapted to the desert in a very cool way!! Roadrunners Coyote Adaptations The coyote has adapted to the desert the way
they eat, look, and act. They have adapted to eating by having sharp teeth, and changing
their diet to what's available in the desert. They eat small mammals such as prairie dogs, mice, etc. They have adapted to their look by changing their fur from gray to light brown. Also they have really thick fur to keep them warm. They have adapted to the way they act by becoming nocturnal because of humans interacting with them. Also in the desert they have adapted to making a den to protect themselves and their young. Joshua Tree Adaptations Coyote Attacking A Dog! Joshua Tree Time Laps Animals and plants have adapted in an incredible way in order to survive in the desert! There are lots of interesting and beautiful animals and plants in the desert! funny animals!!
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