Desert Food Webs
Learn how living things interact in the Early Bird Food Webs series. In Desert Food Webs, readers find out how the turkey vulture, the velvet mesquite tree, the western banded gecko, and the pack rat each play their own unique role in the desert biome.
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animals eat plants animals that eat animals to eat bacteria bak-TEER-ee-uh beetles eat birds carbon dioxide carnivores KAHR-nuh-vorz chemicals Coyotes Creosote bushes Darkling beetles dead animals dead cactus dead things decay decomposers desert animals eat DESERT DESERT desert is dry DESERT MEAT EATERS DESERT PLANT EATERS desert tortoise DESERTS AND FOOD eat both plants eat dead plants eat meat eat other animals eat other living eat seeds EATERS DESERT eaters energy moving energy by eating feed on dead flies and beetles food chain fungi glossary Harvester ants herbivores ER-buh-vorz index helps readers Javelinas Lichens LYE-kenz little water lots of water Meerkats Mesquite trees mice Mountain lions nutrients NOO-tree-uhnts omnivores AHM-nuh-vorz oxygen Pack rats photosynthesis FOH-toh-SIHN-thuh-sihs plantlike living things plants and animals plants grow prickly pear cactus rains Rats eat rattlesnake Roadrunners saguaro cactus SHARING A BOOK small animals small mammals soil Sonoran Desert sun’s energy turkey vulture WORD DETECTIVE world’s