Desert Scrub

By: Mike Jachowicz & Trevor Maddaus

Desert Scrub: General

The Desert Scrub is a very humid and dry place and is almost an exact resemblance to a desert. However a Desert Scrub is filled with an abundance of plants and animals that have adapted to and thrived off of the intense climate of a desert. The rainfall is less then 10 inches per year and most of the time have a higher evaporation amount than precipitation amount.


Common vegetation in the Desert Scrub

  • Lechuguilla
  • Bear Grass
  • Yucca
  • Tarbush
  • Sotol
These plants provide food and shade for local wildlife. They also store water, which is scarce in this biome.


Common types of animals in the Desert Scrub

  • Lizards
  • Birds
  • Small mammals
  • Bats

Animals in the Desert Scrub are generally small and colors are light to reflect sunlight and protect against the heat. Many animals are nocturnal as the temperatures decrease drastically in the night. It could be anywhere above 100 degrees during the day to as cold as 20-30 degrees during the night time. There are also physiological adaptations such as salt glands that keep the salt levels high without losing fluids and the lack of sweat glands to also protect from losing valuable fluids.

Five Themes: Chihuahuan Desert

Location: Parts of the desert extend to western Arizona, southern New Mexico and Texas, and parts of Mexico.

Place: Mainly basins with some very small mountain ranges present. Hot and humid although mild summers are quite common in this particular desert. Many types of species of plants and animals with the most common plant being the Creosote Bush.

Human/Environment Interaction: This area has received very little study and exploration and therefor hardly impacted by human interactions.

Movement: Although this is a desert and relatively uninhabited by humans, there are small villages and roads present which allow for cars and other vehicles to travel through the area.

Regions: Southwestern United States, Northern Mexico