Prairie dogs live throughout the central region of United States, with a concentrated population in western part of Colorado and the eastern Utah. These creatures dig underground burrows and long tunnels with multiple chambers, producing an infinite number of dirt mounds in the lowlands. However, the prairie dog is not the only creature who dwells in this region.
WHAT IS THE SOUTHWEST?
Various maps mention Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico as the true Southwestern states. Other maps have a wider definition of the Southwest and include California, Nevada, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The Southwest is well-known for its deserts, dry and hot areas that stretch for miles and miles. The enormous beauty of the region’s ecosystem makes for a stunning encounter with wildlife, desert plants, and flowers like the cactus bloom. Deserts might look dry as dust, but in reality the land is filled with life, rich habitats with clusters of animals and plants that have adapted to the tough conditions of the Southwest.
Blue Eden “Utah Grand Circle “Ruby” – America’s Southwest” YouTube, November 25, 2012. Web. September 30, 2013.
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- Which states are considered part of the Southwest region?
- What creatures live in the Southwest? (e.g., kinds of snakes, birds)
- The Southwest is part of a larger ecosystem. Describe the biome of the Southwest and its land features.