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Death Valley: A vast space, full of surprises

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on June 14, 2013, 5:16 p.m.
A lizard between some rocks in Death Valley

Photo: Richard Giddins/Flickr

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A range of native animals

Death Valley may seem void of animal life but don't be fooled. There are 51 species of native mammals — including the iconic desert bighorn and ubiquitous coyote — 307 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians and (surprising) five species of native fish. One of the longest-lived animals found out here is the desert tortoise, which can live up to 80 years old.