Desert Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis nelsoni

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  • Desert Bighorn Sheep |  Photo: NPS
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep |  Photo: NPS
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep |  Photo: NPS
  • Desert Bighorn Sheep |  Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Artiodactyla

Family

Bovidae

Size

Desert Bighorn Sheep stand between 30 and 26 inches tall and are between 55 and 67 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 20 years in the wild

Weight

Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) facts, habitat, diet, range, sheep pictures and more to help you learn to identify the large mammal.

Diet

Herbivore

Breeding

Ewes birth one lamb in the spring, rarely two.

Range

Southwest, California, Texas

What does the Desert Bighorn Sheep look like?

Both genders grow horns, while mature males have the impressive full curl. Desert Bighorn Sheep are heavy and stocky. They have concave hooves that allows them to climb steep slopes.

Desert Bighorn Sheep Habitat

Mountains, Canyons

Desert Bighorn Sheep Facts

The desert bighorn are uniquely adapted for living in arid climates. Unlike most mammals, their body temperature can safely fluctuate several degrees. Also they often go weeks without drinking water. They can to lose up to 30% of their body weight and still survive. Mountain Lions, Bobcats and Coyotes are their primary predators.

Desert Bighorn Sheep Distribution



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