Facts About the Deserts of Mexico

Facts About the Deserts of Mexico
Thanks to generations of Western films, the popular image of northern and central Mexico is sometimes that of a vast, arid wasteland. That is not entirely true, but there are plenty of deserts in Mexico.

Baja California

This is a large peninsula that extends south from the U.S. state of California and the adjacent parts of Mexico. It covers more than 27,000 square miles.

Pristine Baja

Baja California is not just one of Mexico's biggest deserts, but arguably its most isolated and best preserved. According to worldwildlife.org, the desert is home to substantial biodiversity, including: close to 500 plant species; four amphibian and 43 reptile species; 50 types of mammals; and roughly 200 kinds of birds.

Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert is split between northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S., covering a total of 86,100 square miles.

Flora and Fauna

The world's largest land salamander, the tiger salamander, makes its home in the Sonoran Desert. The desert is also home to a greater diversity of plant life than any other desert in the world.

Chihuahuan Desert

This is another desert that covers a vast area, extending from the southwestern U.S. deep into the central region of Mexico. It covers 196,700 square miles.

Snake Warning

The deserts of Mexico are home to a variety of rattlesnakes, including sidewinders, Mojave, ridgenose, tiger and western diamondback rattlers.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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