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Animals That Live in The Simpson Desert

| Updated September 26, 2017

The Simpson Desert lies in Australia. Despite the harsh conditions, many animals have evolved in such a way that they can strive here. The most common types of animals in this desert are small mammals, reptiles and birds.


Mulgaras are tiny nocturnal mice that typically live in sand dunes.

Eryean Grasswren

These small brown birds can be found in dense grassy areas. The male birds are known for their loud singing.

Sand-Sliding Skinks

These lizards are often mistaken for snakes because they are long, slender and their legs are barely visible. They get all the water they need from their food.

Water-Holding Frog

The water-holding frog spends most of its life in hiding. It will come out after a heavy rain to lay its eggs in a temporary pool of water.

Spinifex Hopping Mouse

These small gray mice can often be found in sand dunes. Their hind legs are similar to that of a rabbit's.