A description of the conditions found in a desert habitat, featuring the adaptations of the fringe-toed lizard and the camel to survive in this harsh environment. The presenter describes the sand and heat of the desert before explaining how the fringe-toed lizard has adapted to the environment by keeping out the sand with u-bend nostrils and large scales to grip the loose sand. It hides from the heat under the sand. He then talks about the camel, which stores almost all of its body fat in its hump and can live on this for weeks at a time. The camel has several other ways of coping with the sand and heat.

First broadcast:
10 October 2007

Could be used as an introduction to a habitats topic. Pupils could first discuss what a habitat is. They could then brainstorm ideas of how they think animals survive in desert conditions in the hot temperatures and sand. The clip could be shown at this point and paused so pupils could take notes about the fringe-toed lizard and camel. Children could identify where in the world deserts exist and discuss how the conditions differ from where they live. Pupils could also test different materials to see which ones are used for wearing shoes in hot weather and compare them with the flat, wide, leathery pads on a camel.