9 Desert Animals That Dig Burrows

Tarantulas dig a half-foot underground. This helps them catch prey and prevent cave-ins. Tarantulas develop burrows. Spiders construct silk stoppers to keep their burrows dry.

Desert tarantula

These animals dig using shovel-like heads. Their burrows are just deep enough. The lizard may burrow to escape heat. The nighttime heating pad is a burrowing lizard's body heat.

Horned lizard

Animals dig to hide. Gorgons live underground. The burrow has a dirt mound. To hide their burrows, gophers block entrances and exits.


Kangaroo rats burrow. Like the Kit fox, this animal's burrow has several spread-out openings, making the ground rough. The kangaroo rat doesn't need water. They get enough water from seeds and seldom drink.

Kangaroo rat

Size and fur cover the naming of these animals, who live in underground tunnels eight feet deep. A scorpion's time outside of eating and sleeping is often spent digging a deep hole.

Gaint hairy Scorpion

Desert tortoises burrow despite appearances. Tortoise burrows northward using its inner 'compass' Desert tortoises burrow to keep cool.

Desert tortoises

These 'hermit' reptiles spend most of their time underground. They can burrow a summer and winter house using sand-digging claws. These solitary animals typically share abandoned burrows with tortoises.

Gila Monster

Without wings, these insects burrow to stay cool. A burrow helps them discover food. Beetles have small hairs called tibiae to prevent sand suffocation during burrowing. 

Darking Beetles

Some skunks are desert-adapted. The pig-nosed skunk's midsection and front paws resemble a badger, which helps it burrow underground to wait out the day's warmest hours until nightfall.


Click Here