A very common snake in the desert is the side winder. The side winder, whose scientific name is Crotalus cerastes, is venomous and commonly called the "Horned Rattlesnake". This snake is set apart from others because of its form of movement. Rather then traveling head first through the sand it moves sideways with its body forming and "S" shaped curve in the sand. This unique animal can be found in desert flatlands, sandy washes, and rocky areas below 5,000 feet. Also among hummocks topped with creosote where Kangaroo Rats and other rodents burrow.

The Amazing Sidewinder

Snakes are towards the middle of a desert food web.

caracal.jpgThe Caracal

The Caracal, also known as the Persian Lynx or African Lynx, is a medium sized cat, and also one of the fastest. They can have wine-red, grey, or sand colored fur, and long black ears. The Caracal's body's water demand is satisfied by mostly the blood of its prey. The Caracal also has unusual eating habits. It throws away all internal organs and avoids eating hair and skin by neatly tearing the meat off of the skin, but will eat feathers of small bird, and can eat rotten meat.