The 11 Most Relevant Mexican Desert Animals

Charles McCarthy
The 11 Most Relevant Mexican Desert Animals

Some of the mexican desert animals They are the bobcat, the coyote, the American antilocapra and the famous roadrunner. Among so many animals, these are some of the most popular in the northern desert..

The desert of Mexico is located in the north of the country. The abundant rains allow the desert to have a great variety of species, which are characteristic of the locality..


Thanks to the climatic and geographical conditions of the Mexican desert, you can find many animals that are native to this site..

The main animals of the Mexican desert

1- American antilocapra

The antilocapra, also called pronghorn and American antelope, is an animal of North America, so it can only be found in this region.

Female pronghorn, along with their young, walk in herds. Adult males tend to walk alone.

2- Mule deer or mule deer

The mule deer is typical of North America. It can be found throughout the western part of the continent: from Canada to the Mexican desert.

It differs from the white-tailed deer by having a more vigorous and larger body.

3- Mexican fox

The Mexican fox is a subspecies of the gray fox. Within the fox family, the Mexican fox is the smallest and one of the most endangered.

One of the characteristics that stand out of the Mexican fox is the strict and sophisticated social order that the herds have.

4- Jaguar

The jaguar is the only species of the genus panthera found in America. You can find common jaguars and jaguars that exhibit melanism, which are black in color..

Jaguars are one of the most dangerous species that can be found in the Mexican desert.

5- Collared peccary

The collared peccary, also known as the taitetú, is an animal that usually walks in herds of more than 100 individuals of all ages and sexes..

Although the habitat of the peccary is not properly the desert, it is usually found in this area.

6- desert rabbit

The desert rabbit, or bush rabbit, is a species of rabbits adapted to the arid habitat of the desert, specifically the desert of North America..

It is the same genus as cottontail rabbits and has a grayish coat..

7- California hare

The California hare, colloquially known as the black-tailed hare, can only be found in North America, in desert habitats such as the Mexican desert.

The constant rains in this desert allow this hare to be a herbivorous animal.

8- Coyote

The coyote is part of the canine family. This is one of the species that has best adapted to changes in its natural habitat in North America.

The current coyote population is the largest in its existence; therefore, they can easily be found throughout the deserts of Mexico..

9- Bobcat

The bobcat is a species from the Canadian lynx. It is smaller in size, it can be said that it is twice as large as a regular cat.

This animal adapts easily to different habitats, so it can be found throughout North America.

10- The Roadrunner

The roadrunner is a bird adapted to live in the desert. Can run up to 30 kilometers per hour.

This is a non-migratory species, rather it defends its territory throughout the year, so they can be easily found within the desert.

11- Mohave rattlesnake

A species of snake located in the deserts of central Mexico such as Chihuahua. They measure between 50 and 100 cm and their skin color depends on the environment, combining gray, green, yellow, brown and dark tones.

It stands out for its poison, a powerful neurotoxic much studied by chemistry for the uses it can bring.


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