Are there cacti in the Sahara?
Cacti are native to the American continent. I don't think there are any in the Sahara. However, you'll find some succulents that look like cacti, but those are most probably Euphorbia or other species.
The Sahara covers large parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia, extends over 9 million square kilometres (3,500,000 sq miles), and it covers about 1⁄4 of the African continent.
- Sahara Desert
- The Sahara covers large parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia, extends over 9 million square kilometres (3,500,000 sq miles), and it covers about 1⁄4 of the African continent.
- The Sahara Desert has a surface area of approximately 3, 320, 000 square miles (8.6million square kilometers) making it the world's largest hot desert with one of the harshest environments on earth. The desert covers nearly 10% of the African continent.
Here the list of 10 amazingly adaptive Sahara desert animals.
- 10 Golden Jackal.
- 9 Horned Viper.
- 8 Dorcas Gazelle.
- 7 Addax Antelope.
- 6 Scarab Beetle.
- 5 Desert Monitor.
- 4 Ostrich.
- 3 Fennec Fox.
- At 3.6 million square miles (9.4 million square kilometers), the Sahara, which is Arabic for "The Great Desert," engulfs most of North Africa. The desert covers large sections of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia.
- African elephants live in sub-Saharan Africa, the rain forests of Central and West Africa and the Sahel desert in Mali. Asian elephants live in Nepal, India and Southeast Asia in scrub forests and rain forests.
- we present the unique species of the Sahara Desert.
- Saharan Silver Ant. A unique animal, the Saharan Silver Ant (Cataglyphis bombycina), remains active for only 10 minutes a day.
- Deathstalker Scorpion.
- Sand Viper.
- Desert Crocodile.
- Monitor Lizards.
- Black-Faced Firefinch.
- African Silverbill.
- Red-necked Ostrich.
Prominent among the relict woody plants of the Saharan highlands are species of olive, cypress, and mastic trees. Other woody plants found in the highlands and elsewhere in the desert include species of Acacia and Artemisia, doum palm, oleander, date palm, and thyme.
- During the day the temperature may reach 50°C, when at night it may fall to below 0°C. Deserts have less than 250 mm of rainfall per year. The rain can be unreliable. Most deserts are found between 20° and 35° north and south of the equator. The Sahara is the largest desert, covering 9 million km2.
- Hot and Dry Deserts vegetation is very rare. Plants are almost all ground-hugging shrubs and short woody trees. All of the leaves are replete (packed with nutrients). Some examples of these kinds of plant are Turpentine Bush, Prickly Pears, and Brittle Bush.
- Desert succulents, such as cacti or rock plants (Lithops) for example, survive dry spells by accumulating moisture in their fleshy tissues. They have an extensive system of shallow roots to capture soil water only a few hours after it has rained.
Updated: 5th October 2018