Aquatic and Land Animal Diversity


Do any cats live in the desert?

The sand cat (Felis margarita) is the only member of the cat family tied directly to desert regions. Found in the deserts of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and western Pakistan, the sand cat has adapted to extremely arid desert areas. The padding on the soles of its feet is well suited to the loose sandy soil, and it can live without drinking freestanding water. Having sandy or grayish-ochre dense fur, its body length is 17.5 to 22 inches (45–57 centimeters). Mainly nocturnal (active at night), the cat feeds on rodents, hares, birds, and reptiles. The Chinese desert cat (Felis bieti) does not live in the desert as its name implies, but inhabits the steppe country and mountains. Likewise, the Asiatic desert cat (Felis silvestris ornata) inhabits the open plains of India, Pakistan, Iran, and Asiatic Russia.


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