Strong, fast, and fearless, roadrunners are the ultimate desert-dwelling birds! Their bodies maintain water by excreting salt through glands near their eyes, and their powerful legs let them race through the open brushland at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour! Early readers will be racing to get their hands on this title!
Bark scorpions are the only scorpions in the Sonoran Desert that can climb! These critters use their ability to hide in cool, dark places while they wait to ambush their prey! Find out more about how bark scorpions survive the scorching Sonoran in this informative title!
From padded split hooves made to scale rocky terrain to reflective fur, bighorn sheep have what it takes to survive in the desert! These tough animals survive even the driest of desert days through their physiological and behavioral adaptations. Early readers will find easy-to-follow text, striking photos, and several special features in this title on bighorn sheep!
Spend a day hiking in the Sonoran Desert, and you may spot an unusual sight: a lizard sprinting on two legs! Collared lizards reach speeds of up to 16 miles per hour while racing on their hind legs to catch prey or escape predators. Eye-catching photos, fascinating facts, and explanations of adaptations will keep young readers glued to the pages of Collared Lizards!
The gigantic ears of fennec foxes are not just for hearing small rodents scurry under the Saharan sands: these appendages radiate heat during scorching desert days to keep the foxes cool! Many more desert adaptations are explained in this fact-filled title about fennec foxes!
S-shaped markings trail behind a rattlesnake scaling a tall desert dune. It is a sidewinder making its characteristic climb! These snakes have developed a special way of moving so only two small areas of their bodies touch the scalding hot sand at a time. Readers will be slithering their way through the pages of this informative title about the desert adaptations of sidewinders!
This fascinating book describes the geological makeup and history of the Atacama Desert in Chile. One of the driest areas of the worldsome parts never receive any rainthe desert's climate can be cold, sometimes producing snow and fog. Readers will be fascinated to learn that the Atacama's soil is so similar to soil samples from Mars that NASA goes to this desert to test its exploration instruments. NASA has also set up its Earth-Mars Cave Detection Program in the Atacama, too. Special sections also describe the desert's natural resources and unique problems facing this region, as well as the people, plants, and animals that inhabit this desert habitat.