This is a Sonoran Desert Food Web. See if you can identify all the parts of the food web that make this a functioning, healthy ecosystem. Look for:
The Producers - the cacti, shrubs and plants.
The Primary Consumers – the kangaroo rat, cactus mouse, lizards, poorwill, and desert tortoise.
The Secondary Consumers – the kit fox, elf owl, redtailed hawk, scorpion, roadrunner, and rattlesnake.
The Scavengers – the vulture and beetles.
The Decomposers or Detritivores – mushrooms, insects and microorganisms.
*Try the Desert Food Web Activity.
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Amsel, Sheri. "Sonoran Desert Food Web" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2022. June 27, 2022
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