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17 animals amazingly adapted to thrive in deserts

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on March 4, 2014, 9 a.m.
fennec fox

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Fennec fox

The fennec fox is found in the deserts of North Africa. This nocturnal omnivore is equipped with enormous ears, which can be as large as one quarter of its entire body length, that help it to cool down by releasing heat from the blood that circulates through them. It also has a thick coat of fur that keeps it warm on frigid nights, and the fur covering its paws protects it from the hot sand while also helping it to keep from sinking into soft sand. The fennec fox eats plants as well as eggs, insects and pretty much anything else it can sink its teeth into. It can survive without access to free-standing water, thanks in part to kidneys adapted to minimize water loss.