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Animals in Western Sahara
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
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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.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Western Sahara.
Even-toed ungulates in Western Sahara
Cuvier's gazelle
Addra gazelle
Dorcas gazelle
Sahara oryx
Addax
Aoudad
Carnivores in Western Sahara
Wild cat
Striped hyaena
Mediterranean monk seal
African lion
Honey badger
Saharan striped polecat
Cheetah
Asiatic jackal
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Western Sahara
Pygmy killer whale
Pygmy sperm whale
Fraser's dolphin
Blainville's beaked whale
Killer whale
Common porpoise
Atlantic hump-backed dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
Bats in Western Sahara
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Greater mouse-tailed bat
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Western Sahara
Cape hare
Rodents in Western Sahara
Lesser egyptian gerbil
Pygmy gerbil
Libyan jird
Fat-tailed gerbil
Barbary ground squirrel
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