WALT: write a report
Introduction- how animals adapt to the condition and the one animal that lives in the desert, what the desert is like.
Adapting to conditions in the desert
Conclusion- Summarising introduction and paragraphs
Adaptation is a very complicated process to adjust to. Adaptation can take at least thousands or even millions of years for an animal to change to the harsh and difficult conditions in their environment. Since Deserts are very arid and barren, animals have to manage to survive by making their own water source in their bodies or finding different strategies to solve water problems, the desert tortoise makes shallow holes in the sand to catch water every year or when it rains. Adaptation in the Arctic can also be very complex since the animals living there have to suit the frosty temperatures. They do that by having very thick fur to keep them warm. One animal that has successfully suited in the Hot Desert of North Africa is the Fennec Fox.
The Desert is a shriveled place located near the North and South equator. Deserts can be warm, moistureless , they can also be cold and have a lot of water. Since desserts are very challenging for an animal get used to, however if they do not adapt to the temperature and the changes in the deserts they could not survive and the same species that have not adapted to the harsh conditions may become extinct. A animal that managed to live in the hot desert is the Jack Rabbit it has large ears to keep it cooled during the boiling hours in the day and evening. The Sahara desert is the hottest desert in the world which can go up to 50 degrees celsius and the Antarctic is the coldest desert, the average temperature is -49 celsius. There are 4 types of desserts that are cold, hot, semi- arid and coastal. In the world, deserts cover one-quarter of the land which is roughly 20.9 million squares.
The fennec fox is a carnivore and it mainly eats meat, it eats rodents, rats, mice, eggs, reptiles, small mammals, birds and insects. Fennec foxes are the smallest species of mammals in the dog family. Their lifespan is roughly 14 years old. It is also seems to be that the Fennec is the only carnivore (eats meat) living in the Desert.
The Fennec Fox has adapted to the Sahara desert with many ways to survive. It has thick fur on it’s feet to help it walk on the sweltering sand and so it’s feet do not sink down. They have a sand coloured fur to help reflect rays of sunlight and it also helps them camouflage so harmful predators cannot see them, they also hide in a place where their camouflage helps them to catch prey. The species also have wide fur to keep them heated during cold Desert nights. The Fennec Fox’s kidneys have thrived to restrict water loss. Since there is not much water available in the desert the fennec fox gets water and moisture from the things it eats. They have long ears that are 6 inches tall (15 centimeters) they have tall ears to get rid of extra heat in their body. The fennec fox is nocturnal so it only comes out at night, it helps them save more water since it is cooler in the night.
In conclusion the desert is a dry and heated place with extreme temperatures, animals and plants that live there have inherited or leant to adapt from other living things to allow them to survive. Fennec foxes have a variety of ways to adapt to hot temperatures like having physical adaptations. Deserts can be hot but in some deserts, nights and evenings can be very cold.