Data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x13883b64fb267151:0xd6406bdc582d7390!8m2!3d23.4162027!4d25. Desert Biomes. Earth Floor: Biomes. Desert: Animals At first glance, deserts may appear to be without animal life.
However, deserts are home to many reptiles, insects, birds, and small mammals. The kangaroo mice of North America and the bilby and red kangaroo of Australia are just a few examples of small mammals that live in the desert. Most large animals have not adapted to desert life. Their size prevents them from finding shelter from the Sun's heat and they are not able to store water for future use. Animals that do survive in the desert have developed a number of adaptations. Earth Floor: Biomes. Desert: Plants Short grasses, sagebrush, creosote bushes, and cacti are just a few of the plants that can be found in the desert.
Plant abundance and variety are determined by the geographic location of the desert. Although short grasses can be found in nearly all desert locations, the saguaro cactus is unique to the Sonoran Desert, and the spiniflex is associated with the Australian Desert. Earth Floor: Biomes. Desert The defining characteristic of a desert is that it is dry.
Depending on its geographical location, the annual precipitation in a desert varies from half an inch to as much as 15 inches. Rainfall is usually very localized, and although it is frequently seasonal, it is difficult to predict when or where it will occur. At times in the Atacama Desert in Chile, years have passed with no measurable rainfall at all. Sunny sand desert hiking.