Acting Locally Part 1 Bio 280 Essays

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The Chihuahuan desert is large area of the northern Mexico and runs into the southern part of the United Stated which include west Texas. The region of the desert has a high altitude of 1000 to 1500 meters which fall to about 350 meters along the Rio Grande River. Summers are very hot and the winter are somewhat cool, which some night frosts. Rainfall in this area is about 20-30 cm which mostly happens during the summer time. In most of the Chihuahuan Desert most of it has calcareous soil that are derived from the limestone beds. The Chihuahuan Desert has many types of vegetation such as Yucca, such as Torrey yucca or the banana yucca, they are very difficult in telling them apart because of hybridization, because they are…show more content…
The western diamondback has pattern like a raccoon’s tail and when they are young they colors are more distinctive as they older they become blurred and camouflaged. “The western diamond-backed rattlesnake can be found in arid and semi-arid habitats, including desert, plains, rocky hills, grassland, shrubland, woodland, dried river beds and coastal islands” (Arkive, 2015).
Known as the fifth largest river in the United States the Rio Grande River is 1,885 miles long and since 1848 became a boundary between Mexico and United States. It flows through the head waters of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and it runs to Gulf of Mexico close to the city of Brownsville, TX. The Rio Grande River flows through arid regions, which is very important for both the human consumption and a source of water for wildlife. “Because a large proportion of the river’s basin is arid or semiarid, however, only about half of the total area, or about 176,000 square miles, actually contributes to the river’s flow” (Jr, 2014).Types of species that live in the Rio Grande River and many type of fish such as the red shiner, Rio grande silvery minnow and the plant species such as sedge. Sedge is a grass like aquatic plant that grows along the bank of the river, marshes and shallow ponds. Many types of animal species eat this plant such as ducks, geese, and muskrat’s. Many types of animals that live in in this area use these plant for hiding from
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