Background Info

The Sonoran Desert, stretching from California, to Arizona, to Mexico, is a brutal environment—freezing cold, intense heat, and almost no water. Yet, somehow, a variety of creatures call the desert home and manage to thrive there. Join Wild Chronicles to see how these remarkable animals raise their young under extraordinary circumstances, ushering in a new generation that will call the desert home.

Questions

The harsh climate of the Sonoran Desert is home to hundreds of animals. What species are featured in this Wild Chronicles video?

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Animals mentioned in the video include:

  • javelinas
  • cactus bees
  • woodpeckers
  • curved-bill thrashers
  • king snakes
  • grasshopper mice
  • giant centipedes

 

Animals shown, but not mentioned in the video include:

  • quail
  • gila monsters
  • scorpions
  • coyotes

For Further Exploration

Vocabulary

Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry

brutal

Adjective

extreme, harsh, or cruel.

circumstance

Noun

condition or situation.

desert

Noun

area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.

Encyclopedic Entry: desert

environment

Noun

conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

extraordinary

Adjective

unusual or uncommon.

generation

Noun

group in a species made up of members that are roughly the same age.

remarkable

Adjective

unusual and dramatic.

thrive

Verb

to develop and be successful.

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Caryl-Sue, National Geographic Society

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Jason Wasser

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