Deserts are among the harshest habitats on Earth. Baking sun scorches the earth during the day, and temperatures plummet at night. Water and food are scarce, so the desert animals that make their home in the desert must be hardy and adaptable.
One of only two species of venomous lizards in the world.
In the desert trees are scarce, so the Gila woodpecker makes it home inside the giant saguaro cactus.
Nesting beneath deserts, shrublands and prairies gives this hardy owl a home away from the heat.
Speed is the most famous characteristic of this desert bird.
Highly developed back legs, and a powerful ability to jump give this species its name.