10 incredible desert animals that can take the heat

These awesome animals inhabit Israel's most arid environments, from the Judean Desert to the Negev.

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The nocturnal hedgehog

The tiny desert hedgehog (Paraechinus aethiopicus) chomps down on insects at night. Its diet even includes scorpions! Desert hedgehogs are lighter than the other members of their subfamily, more capable of running in the event of a predator face-off. They also have longer spines, which can be used as a defense mechanism when they roll into a spiky ball.

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