Joshua trees provide food and shelter for many birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects. These unusually shaped trees grow only in the Mojave Desert located in California and Nevada.
Joshua trees provide food and shelter for many birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects. These unusually shaped trees grow only in the Mojave Desert located in California and Nevada.
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Desert Habitat

Deserts are the driest places on Earth—they get fewer than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain a year. Some deserts may get a lot of rain all at once. Then it might not rain again for months—or even years!