Chihuahuan Desert

North America

Chihuahuan Desert -- the largest desert in North America covering more than 200,000 square miles -- Most of it lies south of the international border. In the U.S. it extends into parts of New Mexico, Texas and sections of southeastern Arizona.

Abiotic Factors

  • Sunlight
  • Air
  • Water
  • Plants
  • Grass
  • Sky
  • Rocks

What Are the Native Plants and their Adaptations to live there?

To survive, desert plants have adapted to the extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. Plants that have adapted by altering their physical structure are called xerophytes. Xerophytes, such as cacti, usually have special means of storing and conserving water. They often have few or no leaves, which reduces transpiration.

  • Chamizo
  • Desert Spoon
  • Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Ocotillo
  • Barrel Cactus
  • Century Plant
  • Shin Dagger
  • Xeriscaping

What are the Native Animals and Their Adaptations to Live there?

Their adaptations to live there is lack of water,and more sunlight.

  • Lion
  • Bobcat
  • Wolf
  • Coyote
  • Mule deer
  • White-tailed Deer
  • Gemsbok
  • Antelope
  • Ring-tailed Cat


Only thing you can do is really hike the tall mountains, observe the water, I don't know if you should mess with the animals because they might be dangerous, and observe some plants. Also take pretty pictures on the mountains while hiking.

What is the average precipitation?

235 mm (9.3 in)

What is the average temperature?

24 degrees celsius (75 degress fahrenheit)

Suggest supplies/material that tourists should bring to make their trip for enjoyable

Supplies/materials tourists should bring is a backpack with water, food, clothes if their staying their, fire,tent,map,magnifying glass to observe things,money, wallet and some games to play.

What are some threats to this Biome?

Some threats may include wild animals, you might get dehydrated,poisonous plants,you might get sick because of the climate especially if it's new to you.

Are there any endangered species?

Mule, deer, and pronghorn

Is there a fear of climate change for this Biome?

Yes there is, while climate change is causing many semi-dry regions of the world to become increasingly arid, it is making life more difficult for true deserts that have been in existence for thousands of years.

Why is this Biome gradually important?

This biome is gradually important because they want the world to see how much dry lands that Chihuahuan Desert go through and how some people live put there and their families is struggling to get water, they want some scientist to see why is this the cause of everything, what kind they help do to prevent more deaths from happening. Then the water they are drinking is coming from a river stream ain't no telling what been in there, but that's the only thing they got to drink. Did you know at one part of time Chihuahuan desert had a plane attacking their land,dropping bombs and etc..
Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands of Mexico

Nearby Places to visit

  • White Sands National Monument
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railyway
  • Billy the Kid Museum