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These dromedaries are your go-to means of transportation through some of the world's hottest places, like China's flaming mountains where temperatures regularly reach 122 degrees. Camels survive these conditions by storing fat, not water, in their humps instead of spreading it over their entire bodies. The rest of the animal's is built to reabsorb and not waste water, making their physiology ideal for long stretches of sand and mirages.
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These birds can't fly, but they know how to tan. Ostriches, natives to the savannas of Africa, can easily handle temperature well over 100 degrees, but can also handle extreme drops in temperatures. These black and white strutters are able to handle the daily climate change of their habitat through a series of different thermoregulation techniques, including covering their bare legs with their massive feathers. Just think of it as a built in umbrella.
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Think a black car baking in a parking lot is uncomfortable? The desert tortoise can tolerate ground temperatures as high as 140 degrees. These reptiles can live 50 to 80 years in hot spots like the Mojave desert by making burrows underground.
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Not the furry bear from fairytales, this micro animal, also known as a tardigrade, is virtually indestructible. The water bear can handle temperatures from absolute zero to 212 degrees. Plus, they can go without food for ten years. On the other hand, I need sunscreen and a snack for a short walk.
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You know what they say about big ears? Big brains! These desert dwellers are smart enough to stay out of the sun by burrowing during the day. The rodents come out at night to enjoy the cooler temperatures and collect food.
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SAHARAN SILVER ANT
No surprise here, these ants call the Sahara Desert home. While other animals are burrowing during the day – where temperatures often reach over 116 degrees – these insects are coming out for food. The ants will pop out of the ground for ten minute periods of time to grab food before hauling their thorax back home.
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Tucked in the deep sea are these bristle worms, which stay warm by cuddling up to hydrothermal vents. But these vents are a tad more powerful than you typical apartment space heater, letting out water that reaches temperature 170 degrees and higher. A perfectly reasonable temperature for these worms.