Adaptations for a Desert Environment

We’ve been talking about bird adaptations, simply because I love birds and could talk about them forever.  But, all creatures are adapted to survive in their own habitats including plants, insects, reptiles, fish or whatever.

Some plants that exhibit very noticeable adaptations are desert species.  I took a quick trip to Tucson last weekend and spent most of my time out in the Sonoran Desert just poking around and loving all the strange plants and animals which call that harsh region home.  Here are some photos of what I saw.  We’ll talk about specific adaptations next time.

Prickly pear cactus

Prickly pear cactus

Lizard basking in the warmth

Lizard basking in the warmth

Very representative view of the Sonoran Desert

Very representative view of the Sonoran Desert

Teddy Bear Cholla

Teddy Bear Cholla

Kestrel perched on top of a saguaro

Kestrel perched on top of a saguaro

 Pencil cactus

Pencil cactus

Desert creatures thrive in amazingly harsh environments.  These species survive excessive daytime temperatures and almost continuous drought conditions.   Lizards find something to eat and birds perch on a plants with wicked spines.  How do they do it?

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