Animals native to Arizona include rattlesnakes, prairie dogs, coyotes, Gila monsters and roadrunners. Animals that make Arizona their home must be able to adapt to hot, dry desert conditions.Continue Reading
Arizona is home to many interesting animals. The Western diamondback rattlesnake grows to be up to more than 6 feet long and is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. The javelina is native to Arizona and prefers to eat the prickly pear cactus. The red-tailed hawk has a wingspan in excess of 4 feet across and dines on small mammals, fish and insects.
Arizona has a very dry climate that receives little rainfall. Temperatures throughout the state vary greatly but highs can reach in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The maximum high temperature ever recorded in the state was 128 degrees in Lake Havasu City. Animals living in this type of climate must be resourceful and often keep their activity to a minimum during the hottest part of the day. Many animals such as owls, bats, raccoon and coyotes are nocturnal and sleep during the hottest part of the day and hunt at night when it is cooler. Diurnal animals will often do their hunting at dawn or dusk and lay low when it is hot.Learn more about Biology
Black-footed ferrets, coyotes, badgers, foxes, bobcats, weasels, falcons, hawks and eagles eat young and mature prairie dogs. Bullsnakes and rattlesnakes prey upon young prairie dogs.Full Answer >
Three populations commonly found in a prairie ecosystem are largeheaded grasshoppers, prairie dogs and blue grama. Largeheaded grasshoppers live in tall grasses, which is their primary food. In many regions they are the most plentiful species of grasshopper.Full Answer >
Many different animals dig burrows, including badgers, groundhogs, prairie dogs and burrowing owls. Some animals spend their entire lives in burrows, while others only burrow to give birth or lay eggs.Full Answer >
Some animals that live underground are worms, moles and prairie dogs. Worms and moles live underground full time, while prairie dogs and chipmunks do spend time above ground.Full Answer >