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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Desert Life

Saguaro National Park

 
 
Desert Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 3, 2007
1. Desert Life Marker
Inscription. The Sonoran Desert can be described as a “desert jungle” because more than 200 species of animals and 600 species of plants live here. Saguaros---with their branching arms and accordion-like pleats—dominate this scene. Intermixed with these cacti are other common plants such as teddy bear chollas, creosote bushes, and ocotillos.

Notice how saguaros and these other plants have adapted to extreme heat and drought. The saguaro’s main stem and arms expand to hold water collected through its roots. The cholla’s cluster of spines shades and protects its skin. Creosote and ocotillo leaves drop during dry times and sprout again when the soil is moist.

Desert animals---coyotes, snakes, javelinas, and rodents—take shelter during times of extreme heat and cold. Kangaroo rats and ground squirrels protect themselves underground. Look for evidence of their burrows as you walk through this desert habitat.

(Key to animals and plants)
1. Western diamondback rattlesnake; 2. Ocotillo; 3. Gamble quail; 4. Round-tailed ground squirrel; 5. Saguaro; 6. Kangaroo rat; 7. Desert tortoise; 8. Roadrunner; 9. Coyote; 10. Javelina; 11. Teddy bear cholla; 12. Prickly peat cactus; 13. Desert cottontail; 14. Creosote bush; 15. Night-blooming cereous.
 
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Desert Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 3, 2007
2. Desert Life Marker
States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 15.252′ N, 111° 11.868′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on N. Kinney Road. Click for map. The marker is located at the visitor center garden in the Tucson Monument District. The garden is located on the left side of the visitor center between the parking lot and wash. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 North Kinney Road, Tucson AZ 85743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World of the Wash (a few steps from this marker); Seed to Sentinel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tucson Plant Materials Center (approx. 11.4 miles away); Desert Laboratory (approx. 11.6 miles away); Mission San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away); a different marker also named Mission San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away); The Grotto at San Xavier del Bac (approx. 15.1 miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
Sign at the entrance to Saguaro National Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 3, 2007
3. Sign at the entrance to Saguaro National Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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