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Sierra Nevada's 12 million acres support a rich diversity of wildlife ranging from large mammals like elk and bears to salamanders and swallowtails.

The southwestern deserts are home to hundreds of species specially-adapted to survive in this hot, dry environment.

Learn about the fascinating creatures of the desert Southwest including: Venomous Animals Insects and Arthropods Rattlesnakes, Lizards, Desert Tortoise The Roadrunner and other Birds Bighorn Sheep, Kit Fox, Coyote