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||Sahara Desert, United States
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1 Living in deserts is really hard! Indeed, with less than 10 inches of rainfall a year, deserts are dry all year round. To make matters worse, the temperature in some deserts can change drastically from day to night. The Sahara Desert of Africa, for example, can easily reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. After sunset, however, the temperature can drop to less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit! As inhospitable as deserts appear to be, many animals have found their homes there. How do they do it? Well, here are some amazing stories:
- Nicknamed "ships of the desert", camels are the most recognizable desert animals. Camels always overeat and stock extra food as fat in their humps. When there is no water, camels start shedding pounds. While most animals die if they lose 20% of their body weight, camels can function even if they lose 25% of their body weight.
- Addaxes belong to the family of antelopes. Their survival tip is to not drink water! How can they live without drinking water? Well, addaxes get enough moisture from just licking dew and eating plants. When the temperature gets too hot, they rest in the shade. Addaxes can only be found in the Sahara Desert and they .....
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