How Do Large Desert Animals Find Water?

By Owen Megura

In an arid ecosystem, smaller animals have an easier time obtaining the small quantities of water they need to survive — they might hide underground to keep cool during the day, or otherwise consume small plants containing sap and nectar. Larger desert-dwelling wildlife have a more difficult time keeping cool and hydrated, and have adapted differently to survive in this harsh climate.

From coyotes to tortoises to camels, Owen Megura explains some unique survival tactics large animals have evolved in the harsh conditions of their desert habitat in this short animation.

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