Temperate Desert By: David F. and Jaclyn O.
Climate • Daytime temperatures are high in the summer and low in the winter. • Average Annual Temperature is °F • Temperatures are as low as 8°F in January and as high as 119°F in August. • Precipitation is low, less than 100 cm a year.
Plants • All plants in a Temperate Desert must be adapted to the dry conditions. • Common adaptations: • Reduction of leaves • A thick waxy cuticle • Dense coating of hairs • Extensive underground root system Prickly Pear Saguaro Cactus
Plants cont. • High diversity index • There are a variety of plants that are adapted to the environment. • Ex: trichomes, cactus, joshua trees, wildflowers, smoke tree, agave, yucca, etc. Trichomes Fishhook Cactus
Animals • The desert is full of animal life but they spend much of their time hiding. • These animals have many strategies for surviving in the desert: • Nocturnal lifestyle • Living in burrows • Slender bodies with long limbs • Specialized snouts, waxy body coatings, and efficient kidneys • Long eyelashes Zebratail Lizard Rock hyrax
Animals cont. • High diversity index • There are a variety of animals that are adapted to the environment. • Ex: camels, lizards, coyotes, tortoises, bighorn sheep, quails, jack rabbits, roadrunners, rats, etc. Bactrian Camel
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