What is Western Sahara known for? Well, it's deathly heat of course. One thing you may not know however, is how many wild animals live in this desert. From carnivores to camels, it is filled with some of the msot exciting and also unknown animals. The Small Fennec
fox, the tiny 17 inch carnivore, has large ears that help them deal with the hot heat of the Sahara. This small fox prowls through sand dunes and tunnels, especially at night when it is looking for rodents and such. Now what about the Addax? It's the largest indigenous mammal in Western Sahara, traveling in small herds through dunes. This wild animals never drinks water, but sucks moisture from the desert grass.
Now, the most well known animals of all is one you might be dying to hitch a ride on, the camel. Camels were first walking through the Sahara around 200 AD and were used as caravans. This animal is prefect for the Sahara because it can go long days without drinking any water or eating any food, and when they do eat, it's dry, brittle grass. The Scorpion, a common insect in the western Sahara, comes in thirty different varieties, and in most cases can suck your venom and potentially kill you. Rarely ever does the scorpion come out at night, as it digs through the hot sand during the day.
The horned viper is also a very popular western Sahara animal, and this one is one you need to stay away from. Being one of the most venomous snakes, this snake hides itself between the sand to pop up on birds and rodents. It slides gently across the desert using it's long body in a winding motion, and tries to stay away from the sun by staying under the sand.