If you get stuck in the desert, a good piece of knowledge will be the different types of animals in the desert that you can see. This can save your life, really. There are some of these types of animals in the desert that can be deadly and there are some that can hint you that you are on a good path. This way, you can plan your next move and be sure to get home safe.
Dung beetles are common types of animals in the desert. They are mostly seen in the Saharan and Kalahari deserts. At present, there are somewhere around 16,000 dung beetles existing in Africa alone. In two hours, these types of animals in the desert can eat, get buried and roll their homes. They are indeed interesting animals that you should watch out for.
Sand cats are types of animals in the desert that are common in Sahara, Arabian, Gobi, and Turkestan deserts. Basically, these are cats that have thick furs. The fur is medium length and serves as their insulation and protection against the extreme weathers in the desert.
The greater road runner, yes the one from the cartoons, are common types of animals in the desert as well. They are mostly found in the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. To be able to adjust to the extreme weather changes, these types of animals in the desert are able to lower down their body when it is cold and expose their body to the sun so that they can absorb the heat. Much like the road runner in TV, the greater roadrunner types of animals in the desert can run quite fast too, as they can run up to 15 miles per hour.
There are antelope types of animals in the desert as well. These are the addax antelopes that are commonly seen in the Sahara desert. Because of the unruly hunting of these antelopes, they have been extinct and there are not a lot of them at wild now. These antelopes can be distinguished by their flat hooves that prevent them from sinking in the sand.
In Australian deserts, there are echidnas. Basically, these are species of anteaters that lays eggs like birds and has milk for their young like mammals. They are known to have sticky tongues too as they use this to catch their food, which are termites and ants. They do not have teeth though so they eat by crushing the insects in their mouth.
Surprisingly, there is a fish in this list of the types of animals in the desert. The pup fish can be found in the Chihuahuan and the Sonoran deserts. They are very tiny fishes that can grow only as big as your thumb. They are also fishes that can withstand the high temperatures that reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The water bodies that can be found in deserts are salt water, contrary to what many people know. And surprising us again, these pup fishes can withstand the highest salt levels of these water bodies that can be found in the desert.