What are some animals native to Arizona?


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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.

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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.

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