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The Bighorn sheep or Ovis canadensis is native to the deserts of the United States’ inter-mountain west and southwestern regions, as well as northwestern Mexico.
Bighorn sheep are named for the large, curved horns borne by the rams (males). Ewes (females) also have horns, but they are shorter with less curvature. They range in color from light brown to grayish or dark, chocolate brown, with a white rump and lining on the backs of all four legs.
The characteristics and behavior of the Bighorn sheep or Ovis canadensis generally follow those of other bighorn sheep, except for adaptation to the lack of water in the desert. They can go for extended periods of time without drinking water.
Ovis canadensis are stocky, heavy-bodied sheep, similar in size to mule deer. Weights of mature rams range from 115 to 280 pounds, while ewes are somewhat smaller. Due to their unique concave elastic hooves, Ovis canadensis are able to climb the steep, rocky terrain of the desert mountains with great speed and agility.
They rely on their keen eyesight to detect potential predators, such as mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, and they use their climbing ability to escape.
Bighorn sheep or Ovis canadensis typically live for 10 to 20 years. The typical diet is mainly grasses. When grasses are unavailable, they turn to other food sources, such as sedges, forbs, or cacti.
Ovis canadensis are adapted to a desert mountain environment with little or no permanent water. Some may go without visiting water for weeks or months, sustaining their body moisture from food and from rainwater collected in temporary rock pools. They may have the ability to lose up to 30 percent of their body weight and still survive.
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