5 Hidden Dangers of the Sonoran Desert

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What Is the Sonoran Desert?

The Sonoran Desert gets rain twice a year in winter and summer. This allows for a diverse selection of plants to thrive. But even with this rainfall, it only amounts to about three to four inches per year in the southern region of Sonora and up to 12 inches yearly in the northern part of Arizona.

What Is the Sonoran Desert Known for?

The Sonoran Desert is home to iconic saguaro cacti, jaguars, 300 bird species, 30 native fish, and over 2,000 plant species, as well as the hottest desert in Mexico.

What Is Only Found in the Sonoran Desert?

Since this desert is the most biologically diverse of the four North American deserts, there are hundreds of wild animals and plant species. One of these animals is the cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, which live in the saguaro cacti. These owls are a protected species in the Endangered Species Act.

Hidden Dangers of the Sonoran Desert

1. Lack of Water Even though the Sonoran Desert receives more rainfall than other North American deserts, it’s still a desert. There are no watering holes to refill water bottles or places to take a dip to get away from the heat. Dehydration and heat stroke are real threats for hikers and travelers.

Hidden Dangers of the Sonoran Desert

2. Black Widow Spider Black Widow spiders are dangerous due to their neurotoxic venom, which is 15 times more potent than that of a rattlesnake.

Hidden Dangers of the Sonoran Desert

3. Brown Recluse Spider Although not an aggressive spider, the brown recluse can still pose a severe threat to humans. When they feel trapped, they’ll bite. A stinging sensation accompanies the bite, and pain can last up to eight hours. The victim may see swelling, and a blister may appear.

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