Thursday, January 19, 2006

Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana)

Title: Desert Bighorn Sheep   Alternative Title: (Ovis canadensis mexicana)   Creator: Stolz, Gary M.   Source: WO8042-010  Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRSTitle: Desert Bighorn Sheep, Alternative Title: (Ovis canadensis mexicana), Creator: Stolz, Gary M., Source: WO8042-010, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: Arizona, mammals.

The desert bighorn has become well adapted to living in the desert heat and cold and, unlike most mammals, their body temperature can safely fluctuate several degrees. During the heat of the day, bighorn often rest in the shade of trees and caves.

Desert bighorn are stocky, heavy-bodied sheep, similar in size to mule deer. Weights of mature rams range from 125 to 200 pounds, while ewes are somewhat smaller. Due to their unique padded hooves, bighorn are able to climb the steep, rocky terrain of the desert mountains with speed and agility. Bighorn rely on their keen eyesight to detect potential predators such as mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, and they use their climbing ability to escape. Desert Bighorn Sheep of Cabeza Prieta NWR FULL TEXT

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