Which Animals Live in an Arid Climate?

Many types of animals live in arid and semi-arid climates around the world, including bighorn sheep and lizards, scorpions and kangaroo rats. Camels can store water for periods of drought, and the sidewinder snake uses sand to enable it to move with quick wiggling motions.

A true arid climate is characterized by its severe lack of water, which limits or prevents most plant and animal life from thriving. However, animals that live in arid climates have adapted to life with little water. The kangaroo rat converts the seeds it eats into water and doesn't sweat. Addax antelope have special hooves that are flat on the bottom to prevent them sinking in the desert sands. Over 40 species of rodents live in the Sahara desert, as do jackals, hyenas and Mall Fennec foxes.