Where do desert-dwelling animals find water?



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    Desert dwelling animals can find water in succulent desert plants such as cacti. Certain insectes will tap sap or nectar from the stems or roots. Others will extract water from parts they eat such as the leaves or fruit.
    Though not necessarily “finding water” this point is interesting and worth noting – Kangaroo rats will dwell underground and recycle moisture from their breathing. They also have certain organs that capture moisture that might be expelled while breathing. These rodents (and others) also have microtubules in their liver which will extract water from their urine and return it to the blood stream. Even more interesting, some of these rodents and manufacture water metabolically in thier system from dry seed in their bodies!

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