A bobcat is a wild cat, but resembles a house cat more than any type of jungle cat. The only real difference is that a bobcat is significantly bigger than your average house cat. These cats can weight up to 20 pounds and reach 4 feet in length. Bobcats of the Mexican desert tend toward a color that combines orange with black, brown and white.
The coyotes that call the Mexican desert home are mostly tan with some gray, brown and black mixed in. Although their howls make them sound very forebidding, these animals are actually surprisingly small. The average coyote in the Sonoran Desert usually stands no more than 2 feet high and top out at about 30 pounds.
Banded Gila Monster
These lizards can grow as long as 2 feet and are not to played with. The banded gila monster is fortunately very shy around people. The lizard is recognizable by the black bands with spots that circle their tails. There can be four or five of these bands on these pink, red and orange-colored lizards. The painful bite will send poison into your system, which won't kill you, but will cause profound discomfort.
Desert Bighorn Sheep
The bighorn sheep that call the Mexican desert home are not quite as muscular as their Rocky Mountain relatives. In addition, their horns tend be flatter and stick out farther away from their heads. They seek out the rocky foothills for water where it seems as if no water exists, but they always seem to be able to find it.
Cactus Pygmy Owl
This very small and very cool owl actually lives inside cacti. Although tiny, these owls are some of the most impressive hunters in the desert. They swoop from their perch during the night in search of everything from earthworms to other birds twice their size.
A subspecies of the gray wolf, the Mexican wolf is actually the smallest member of that family of wolves. This wolf is one of the most endangered of wolves and was actually driven out of the U.S. until a program was created to re-introduce them. Mexican wolves are pack animals, and they abide by a very sophisticated social order.